Waukesha West student received acceptance of a date for prom via Twitter


The Waukesha School District in the spotlight due to a Waukesha West student who received acceptance of a date for prom via Twitter from Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

Director of Public Relations and Communication Terry Schuster previously said the district was working on a solution with the principal and the family that won't cause an exception to the age rule.

Schuster clarified her statement on Thursday. A solution means other pre-prom activities which are open to the public such as photos or the grand march.

The district won't know details until they learn more about Bell's expected arrival and departure time.

"We don't know what the commitment or expectation is, it is all hearsay at this point," Schuster said.

Tarintino filled out the guest application on Thursday but not word on when it will be considered.

Age limit and other restrictions

Waukesha School District issued a statement early Tuesday that said the School District of Waukesha has an age limit of under 20 years old. The rule has been in place for decades with no exceptions.

Schuster said in the past, there have been requests by students who had boyfriends/girlfriends who were serving the country. Guests who were over 20 were denied.

According to the Waukesha West prom guest application, a person can be subjected to a background check. People with any incidents of drugs, alcohol, or criminal acts will be denied.

Bell was arrested for marijuana possession in 2014.

Many people have expressed opinions regarding the rule on social media.

District 12 Alderman Aaron Perry posted on his professional Facebook page in response to Waukesha Now's story. Perry expressed appreciation for the vetting of adults who come to the high school.

He also said the current prom policy is outdated and should accommodate special circumstances like this one. In his opinion, it would bring positive attention to Waukesha but a denial would do the opposite.

"We have an awesome school district, I hope they make the right decision in allowing arguably the best NFL running back to attend a prom. And let the nation see that role models care about their fans and care about good instead of dwelling on a past mistake." Perry said.

Ava Tarintino, a Waukesha West High School student, and Bell exchanged tweets on Saturday. Tarintino tweeted Bell, "500 rts and you'll go to prom w me."

Bell replied and said 600 and its a deal. Later that same evening Tarintino met the goal. Bell responded on Twitter, "welllll, a deal is a deal see youu at your prom."

The Pittsburgh Steelers, Le’Veon Bell and Tarintino couldn't be reached for comment.

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