Student Heads to Prom Thanks to Facebook

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Administrators at Shelton High School in Connecticut have decided to let senior James Tate go to prom, despite him breaking school rules to post an elaborate invitation to his date.

Last month, James, an honor student, decided to cut out 45 letters and post them on the side of his school.

Administrators said he trespassed on school grounds after hours to post the elaborate invitation, which read, "Sonali Rodrigues Will You Go To Prom With Me? HMU (Hit Me Up) - Tate."

He was suspended as a result, and thus banned from going to prom with the girl he'd gone through so much trouble for.

"I was telling her for the longest time that I was going to go with her and waiting for a special time to, a special way to ask her, and I did that," James said. "And this is what happened."

Now, school officials have reversed the suspension. Headmaster Beth Smith said "international notoriety" of James' situation led to the decision.

People across the country defended James with more than10,000 tweets and 175,000 Facebook hits. Even late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel stood up for him.

James will head to prom with Sonali on June 4.

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