A high school student in Washington State learned the hard way this week that strapping fake bombs to your chest in the lunchroom at a public school is not a good way to draw attention to yourself, even if it’s meant to ask a girl to prom, the Columbian is reporting.
In a rather colossal example of Failure to Think Things Through, senior Ibrahim Ahmad painted paper towel tubes red to make them look like pipe bombs, attached some wires to them, and fastened them all to a paintball vest. He then stood up on a stage La Center High School’s lunchroom and held up a sign designed to get a certain girl’s attention.
“I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda…THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?”
He’s “the bomb.” Get it?
“I’m Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny and clever. I wasn’t wearing the vest for more than, like, 20 seconds. I asked her, took a picture, took it off, and then the school got upset.”
Superintendent Mark Mansell was not amused.
“I want all my kids to feel safe and supported, but there’s a line. Given the way the world is today and school safety, even if one parent or one student was upset about this, it causes issues.”
He suspended Ibrahim for five days for his “promposal,” insisting that a line had been crossed.
Cell phone video of Ibrahim’s bomb “promposal” was posted on social media. Clearly, the students aren’t terrified; they appear to be laughing and cheering.
Simply asking a girl to prom isn’t enough for high school boys; now the trend is to stage an elaborate “promposal” (a portmanteau of the words “prom” and “proposal,”), and they’re all the rage these days. Some are heartwarming; others are unintentionally hilarious.
“In ‘promposals,’ you’re supposed to go big. It’s kind of a trending thing now, too, where everyone just asks in a really creative way.”
For what it’s worth, his intended prom date said “yes,” but his suspension means that he’ll have to miss prom, according to Fox News. The unhappy couple will have a nice dinner instead.
Mansell remains unapologetic.
“To me, it’s just blatant disrespect. The student knew that the principal wouldn’t support this and he went ahead and did it anyway.”
Ibrahim, for his part, maintains that his Middle Eastern ancestry may have factored into his getting suspended.
“It was really unfair, and it kind of felt racist. If anyone else did that, I feel like no one else would have gotten in trouble for it.”
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[Image courtesy of: The Columbian]