Massachusetts teenager Kaley Hughes was denied entry into her High School Prom on Tuesday after attending the funeral of her Uncle that same morning, causing her to miss school that day.
After a heartbroken day of attending the funeral, Kaley was hoping to be cheered up by attending her Triton High School prom that night. However, when she and her boyfriend Chris showed up to the event in a gown and tux, they were turned away at the door.
“It hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought they were kidding at first,” said the 18 year-old.
When Kaley kept asking why they were being turned away, a teacher stepped out and informed Kaley that because she had missed that day of school, she wasn’t allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities associated with the school.
“We ended up coming out with all of the people who were coming out of the grand march, laughing and taking pictures, and I was just sitting there on a ledge watching them and crying,” she said.
Hughes parents were understandably upset about the situation, and didn’t agree with the decision, especially in light of their circumstances.
“My older brother Joe just passed away on Sunday from end-stage liver failure,” said Richard Hughes.
“Kaley stayed home because of the circumstances, my brother passing away and not being able to get out there and get ready for her big night.”
In a statement released by the school superintendent, they declared that the family did not follow procedure and contact the school early in the day to inform the school of Kaley’s absence, therefore barring Kaley from an extracurricular activities.
The school has stood by their statement and has not issued an apology as of yet.
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