FOX- A high profile NFL player has agreed to go to the prom with a Waukesha West High School student. But school rules may stop him from attending. The teen is now hoping the district will make an exception.
Smiling from ear to ear, 17-year-old Ava Tarantino explains how she asked 25-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell to be her prom date over Twitter.
"I tweeted '500 tweets and you'll go to prom with me?' and He re-tweeted '600 and it's a deal,'" said Taratino."His girlfriend is also coming and she's doing my makeup and his family is also coming," Tarantino said.
"I seem to recall my first reaction was, 'No.' And then when I heard he was bringing his family I thought he was approaching this the right way," said James Tarantino.
But Bell's attendance may be sidelined. District officials say Bell does not meet their age policy. The district also has a policy to bar guests with a criminal background from attending.
In August of 2014, Bell was charged for DUI and marijuana possession. An incident the Tarantino family feels can be a learning opportunity for students.
Personally? I think celebrity appearances at proms should be limited to the charitable variety. I wouldn't say it's wrong that Le'Veon Bell accepted a healthy, fully functioning 17 year old fan's invitation in exchange for no more than 600 retweets, but it sets a dangerous precedent with how many obsessive teenagers are out there. The last thing social media crazed kids need is the belief that they are one semi-viral tweet away from dancing with the star of their choice.
That being said, Waukesha High School and the losers that are trying to prematurely bounce their oh-so-prestigious event are making a classic mistake. You see, by treating an affable NFL running back as nothing more than a pothead in his mid-20's they are the ones making it weird. I wouldn't say it's normal for Ava Tarantino to be showing up to a school dance with a professional athlete, but it's far less strange than doing a background check on a guy that's - quite clearly - just graciously making a public appearance. These "district officials" may think they are simply upholding the rules. In reality, they are viewing thee most obvious of kind-hearted gestures as if it would be some sort of statutory situation, and that's nearly as dumb and oblivious as viewing your high school gymnasium as a place that's completely free of recreational drug users. This story only makes one party look bad, and that party is not a young, optimistic Steelers' diehard or her weed enthusiast of a favorite player.