The family of an Alabama grandmother — not to mention, the Internet — is fuming after her grandson’s high school said he couldn't bring her to his senior prom.
“She’s never been to a prom, so I was thinking in my head, ‘why not take her?’” Bryce Maine told WTVM.
"My grandma’s always been an important part of my life, my only woman figure in my life," he said.
Bryce said Eufaula High School rejected his choice of date, worried his grandma Catherine Maine might bring alcohol and distribute it to minors.
On Facebook, Bryce’s cousin wrote that a teacher personally called him to explain why.
"They think if he takes Nanny to prom then future students will do it as a joke and make the school a mockery!" she wrote.
"My blood is boiling right now."
Her grandmother had already bought her dress, she wrote.
The school said in a statement to WTVM that prom attendees have to be under the age of 20, and Principal Steve Hawkins noted this is not the first time a prom date has been denied because of their age. An age limit is a common policy in high schools, he said.
“We do not chance leaving any stone unturned when it comes to safety."
But policy or not, many people online are not pleased.
A hashtag #LetNannyGoToProm has sprung up on Twitter, where many people have encouraged the school to reconsider.
#LetNannyGoToProm Oh, no. We can't. We'll start a trend of grandsons (and granddaughters) showing kindness towards their grandparents.— Michelle RB (@MichelleRB3) March 30, 2017
#LetNannyGoToProm Seriously? Heartless decision. Think of Nanny as a guarantee the kid won't be drunk driving— Victoria Klemetti (@tortellini76) March 30, 2017
One Toronto morning show is even on board.
Retweet this tweet to help young Bryce bring his grandma to prom. #LetNannyGoToProm— Breakfast Television (@BTtoronto) March 30, 2017
We have to wonder, what does the school have to gain from keeping her from the event?