Headlines > Catholic school prevents student from bringing her girlfriend to prom

Posted on April 7, 2017

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Charlotte Woermann reports on outrageous story behind viral tweet
Paula Goodgame, 17-year-old student at St. Petersburg Catholic High School (SPCHS) in Florida, wanted to take her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, to her prom. They had already chosen their outfits, decided how to spend the evening and were looking forward to going together.

The school’s guidelines for proms say that ‘escorts must be of the opposite gender’, so Goodgame decided to reach out to her teacher to get permission to bring Persad.

When the teacher did not reply, Goodgame then contacted the school guidance counsellor. This was the response:

“Students are not allowed to bring people of the same sexes as their dates. However, if you could have one of your male friends ask her as his date that would probably work. If you have any other questions about what is allowed, let me know ☺”

Goodgame was upset: “I took the response as a huge surprise because of how rude it was. Especially because it was coming from someone I’m supposed to confide in.”

She shared a screenshot of the email on Twitter, where her story quickly went viral.

“A week before prom and I’m not allowed to take my girlfriend… It’s not like we already bought what we were gonna wear or anything…”

As of now, Goodgame’s original post has been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

Some Twitter users were outraged. Many called the whole thing “complete and utter bullshit” and some even took it upon themselves to email the school.

The couple stated that they would attend Persad’s prom but were not yet sure if the same thing would be possible at Goodgame’s school because, “If she [Persad] can’t go to my prom, then that prom is not worth going to. You’re supposed to have that whole ‘magical’ night with someone special, ya know? It wouldn’t be worth it without her.”

Persad’s high school did not have a problem with whom the 18-year-old wanted to bring as a date. The couple were crowned prom queens at that prom.

There have been no updates on whether or not Goodgame and Persad attended the SPCHS prom. Apparently the school wanted to talk to Goodgame last Monday but nothing further has been heard since.

What I think
I cannot understand why people still do not accept or understand the fact that love is love and that everyone should be entitled to love whoever they want.

I have seen a lot of people say that at least they could go to the prom with different dates but honestly, that is not the point. How many movies are there that show us how important it is for adolescents to spend this evening with their significant other? I think it is an even bigger issue to suggest they could bring dates of the opposite sex, than them not being permitted to go to the prom together.

Of course, there is still the factor that SPCHS is a catholic school but even Pope Francis said, “If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

The whole debate just really irritated me.

Tell me, what is your opinion on this topic?

Charlotte Woermann
Charlotte loves to read and is really into music. She would describe herself as a little extra and enjoys travelling. In the future, Charlotte would like to study Psychology.

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2 Responses to Catholic school prevents student from bringing her girlfriend to prom

  1. Michael Gelman April 9, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    Religion is a good thing right? It tells you how to think, when to pray, what to eat and who to love? Really?
    This story shows that the existing religions are too old and too conservative for our open-minded society, because they limit our liberal lifestyle. That is the reason why so many people are atheistic nowadays. Nothing is wrong about bringing your girlfriend to prom regardless of your sex. It is right to love the person you love.
    Sometimes people tend to forget, that religion is made for people and not the people for the religion.

    • Shakira Dyer April 29, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      >that religion is made for people and not the people for the religion.

      Interesting… I am religious but not conservatively so – it all comes down to different issues. As Charlotte pointed out, even the Pope has accepted the LGBT people are a part of our community. Many Christians have.

      Perhaphs the teacher doesn’t see it this way, because she personally just hasn’t met any LGBT student before, so what her student wants to do (bring her girlfriend to her prom) seems “wierd” to her. Once more of her students who are LGBT ‘come out’ and also want to bring thier significant others to prom, she might eventually see it as “more ‘normal'”.

      Religion can be a good thing – for example Christianity should teach us to ‘love thy neighbour’, whoever your neighbour happens to be.

      Peace all,

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