Manchester, NH, senior won’t attend prom due to girlfriend’s age

A Manchester, New Hampshire, high school senior will not attend his prom due to a problem with his date. 

According to his mother, Roxanne Akhter, school officials will not let her son take his girlfriend, because she is too old. 

Sultan Akhter is 18 and his girlfriend is 22. 

The school said no one over the age of 21 can attend the prom.

When Sultan saw there was an age limit, he asked for an exception, but the school board said no. 

Now, Sultan will not be attending the prom. 

Roxanne said the school district is wrong and needs to reconsider. 

"There’s only a couple of special occasions in someone’s life, weddings and prom…and he’ll look back and say I wasn’t going to be able to go," she said. 

Manchester School Superintendent Dr. Debra Livingston released a statement:

"We understand that the rules put in place by the high schools regarding prom might disappoint some students, but the school district administration supports those rules to help ensure appropriate behavior at a high school-sponsored dance."

 

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