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The age limit needs to be raised for prom guests

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My senior prom took place on April 23 this year; I got my dress, I chose my makeup look, I made my hair appointment, I got the guest pass form for my date, and I didn’t go. 

There are a few reasons why I decided not to go, but the main reason was that my boyfriend wasn’t allowed to go, because he was “too old.”

For those of you who didn’t go to prom or weren’t aware of the age limit, the age limit for guests was 19. My boyfriend turned 20 less than a month before prom, but because he would not be 19 on the day of prom, I couldn’t even finish the guest pass request in order to cooperate with board policy. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, and it’s not that big a deal, but the thing that was bothersome was that freshman and sophomores were admitted to go if they were attending with a junior or senior. 

That means a 14-, 15-, 16-year-old could go with a junior or senior (around 17-18 years old), but I could not go with my boyfriend because he was over 19. The age gap between a freshman and senior is up to four years; however, the largest age gap between a junior or senior and a 20-year-old is two or three years.

If the school board accepts the potential age gap of four years to allow freshmen and sophomores to go, I feel like the same courtesy should be shown to those students that want to bring someone older within that age gap. I understand why a 21-year-old may be prohibited from attending, because they can legally drink and are more so considered an adult at that point. Nothing major changes between the ages of 19 and 20 besides not being in one’s teen years anymore. Some people consider the age gap worse when it comes to someone who is only 14 or 15 years old, rather than someone who is 17 or 18 with someone 19 or 20. 

As a solution, I think the school should either raise the age limit to 20 or raise the age minimum to 15 or 16. If they were to raise the age limit to 20, they could require approval from the parent or guardian of the student requesting to bring the guest to ensure they are aware of the relationship. 

While it was my decision not to go to prom, because I know I could have gone with friends, I should have had the option to bring my boyfriend who is fewer than three years older than me, when it was also allowed for someone to bring an underclassman who was potentially four years younger.

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