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Published:May 3rd, 2010 22:31 EST
Teen Misses Prom Because of Absences Stemming From Mother's Death

Teen Misses Prom Because of Absences Stemming From Mother's Death

By John Danz, Jr.

 

Senior Andrew Eldridge was told he would not be allowed to attend prom due to too many unexcused absences. Eldridge says he missed more than five days because his mother passed away this school year.

Eldridge got a doctors note for the days he missed, but did not turn in the excuse within ten days of the absence and school officials could not accept it.

Now, on the surface, it seems the school is to blame here. I mean come on, the kid`s mother died! Look closer:

Eldridge got a doctors note for the days he missed, but did not turn in the excuse within ten days of the absence and school officials could not accept it.

Unless the kid was on an extended vacation celebrating his mom`s death or slipped into a coma for ten days, he really had no excuse to NOT turn in the excuse. They gave him a window of TEN DAYS to do so - so why the pity party and shock over him being unable to attend prom? Funerals don`t last ten days. "But John, he was grieving!" When my dog died, I was grieving for a long time - I was still able to carry on business as usual, which typically includes bathing, using the bathroom, changing the channel and opening containers of various junk foods and aerosol cheeses. You know - the American dream.

Now, this kid can`t be feeling too down about the ordeal, as a fan page for him has reached 7,001 people on Facebook; they all plan on throwing him a party. So why is there such a fuss over this? Do they not realize that this entire ordeal could have been avoided if he just turned in his excuse on time?

I`m all for vilifying the school system any time I can - however, this time I believe one could exculpate them thanks to the kid`s negligence to adhere to a simple rule. "Well John, his mother died!" His MOTHER died; the teen didn`t. Try giving that excuse to the IRS when you miss your tax deadline. 

I`m not heartless; I feel all the sympathy in the world for this kid. I know how it is to lose a parent. However, I don`t use that fact to exonerate my own negligence, stupidity or anything else. Keep protesting the school kids, but you`re being  illogical knuckleheads - or as I like to call, "teenage high school students."