Banning single girls from the prom?! Have you not SEEN 'Pretty in Pink'?

Prettyinpink_lMay I not admire you today, the interim principal of an all-girls Staten Island high school who just made the junior prom for couples only. Check out the video news report here. The principal would not comment on why she’s decided that dateless girls are better off staying at home. I’d love to know what kind of message she’s trying to send. Because I’m hearing that unless you have a man, or a "best gay" (shout-out to Mark, my junior prom date!), you don’t deserve to have fun. 
Discuss.*

*Anything you say can, and probably will, be used in an ABC Family original movie. I know I’d greenlight one, and I’d lift Molly Ringwald’s "I just want them to know that they didn’t break me" line directly from Pretty in Pink.)

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  • Andie

    That’s ludicrous. I went to an all girls school and at least half of my class went to Jr. prom without a date. When you go to a single-sex school, the prom is for you, the students of that school.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like all the girls should couple up and go. I betcha the principal would just LOVE that, too!

  • Laura L.

    All my friends went to prom without a date and we had tons of fun.

  • Anonymous

    This is why I whisper that I grew up in Staten Island or avoid admitting it at all costs. Nice message to send girls you’re trying to make independent. AND I went to an All Girls Catholic School there.

  • wh

    Great values they’re teaching those gilrs. Screw independence. It’s hard enough to find a guy in a coed school. I agree that the girls should double up and bring each other as dates. Time for the parents to step in and teach the principal how to behave.

  • idigress

    I graduated from an all-girls high school and this was the rule at my school as well. My boyfriend was in college and did not want to go to prom – but when I was nominated for Queen (did not win – which is good because it would have ruined my nerd status) I made him take me!
    It was silly then – I think that it is silly now!

  • Catherine

    I can’t believe it! I went alone to my prom and it was great while some other girls, pushed by their other friends or their parents or whoever, went with a “date” and ended up having a bad time looking after a guy they barely know…

  • Al

    I’ll bet that the rule is not that you have to have a date- but a MALE date. Don’t you think an all girls Catholic School would make sure to specify a male date? This is awful. I didn’t go to my prom because it wasn’t socially acceptable to go without a date at the time and I stupidly broke up with my boyfriend beforehand. Now groups of people go without a date. I feel that’s a much better way to go- let’s not even get into the things that could happen between boys and girls after prom!

  • Meredith

    I skipped my prom altogether because it wasn’t socially acceptable to go without a date. A dateless friend and I had a girls’ night out instead. Good times.

  • Patty

    Look at that picture of Jon Cryer – he used to have so much hair!

  • Snarf

    Lame. One has to wonder what the reasoning is behind the decision (bet whatever it is most would have a real problem with it which is why no ones talking – yet)

  • Nose

    I took a guy I barely knew to my prom, and we both had a horrible time. It costs a lot to buy tickets and things for proms, and to waste that kind of money on someone is a lot to ask of these poor girls.

  • Anjeliki

    And here I was freaking out that my daughter’s school gives discounts to “couples” (two-gender couples only) but makes singles pay full price.
    I attended three proms. One with a female friend, one by myself and one with a boyfriend, and I have to tell you, the one that was the most fun was the one with my female friend.
    Administrators need to think about who the event is actually for before they make rules like this.

  • Kimberly

    I went to a Catholic high school and you were not allowed to go the prom without a date. A date of the opposite sex, mind you.
    A lot of my girlfriends, me included, who didn’t have a significant boyfriend, ended up going with any guy just to get in the door. Then we were obligated to spend the night hanging out with said date – a date we didn’t really want to go with in the first place. It was so stressful.
    My friends and I would have had so much more fun going in a big group. It was so stupid and ridiculous. This principal is an idiot.

  • Silv

    My daughter’s school allowed girls to go in pairs – allowing those who had college boyfriends who couldn’t/didn’t want to go still attend with their girlfriends and make a night of it. Those girls said they were glad they went with each other and had a great time together w/none of the drama – and had a great sleepover party afterwards too. This principal is doing girls a great disservice.

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