UPDATE: Brossard teen will attend prom after all

Girl was banned from prom, then unbanned, over a debt father owed school

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A 16 year old Brossard teen has been told she will be able to attend her prom.

The Commission Scolaire Marie Victorin says it's reached a deal with the teen's parents.

The girl was originally told she couldn't attend the graduation party because her father owed the school $447 in school fees.  The man had lost his job and said the family was barely getting by.

The Antoine-Brossard High School reversed itself, after the girl's story reached the media, and after donors offered to pay off the man's debt but the father refused to let his daughter attend, on principle, saying the girl shouldn't have been banned in the first place.

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  1. Angie posted on 05/30/2014 03:17 PM
    I am pleased to read that this girl will be allowed to attend such a milestone transition between high school and post-secondary. These are the experiences that help shape who we become. And thrilled by all the Montrealers who have pulled together to help pay the way for her.
    As a parent to a daughter also graduating this year, I can sympathize with this dad's predicament. Pay for rent and hydro or pay for school fees. Hmmm tough decision. Not. The basic necessities come first.
    My concern is not necessarily that the dad couldn't pay for prom or even her dress, the article didn't mention prom fees being what was preventing her attending, but that he couldn't afford the **school fees**. Public school isn't free, folks; it costs a lot, especially when you add in field trips, and then prom on top of it all. And prom is pricey, but definitely not $447. My daughter knew we couldn't handle paying the full amount for her prom/dress/etc either - so she's done odd jobs all year to raise money for it; shopped around and found her dress on sale. I'm sure the girl in the article has done the same. It's the other fees which probably impacted things quite a bit to bring it to the impasse with the school.
    The above article says that it was *school fees* that were owed, which were preventing the girl from being able to go to prom. The MELS, and subsequently the schoolboard, should have a Financial Help Fund for families under financial stress so that things like this not happen.
    Hoping the memories this girl makes by going to prom are not overshadowed by all this, and that she has the time of her life!
    1. Buck posted on 05/31/2014 07:57 AM
      @Angie "These are the experiences that help shape who we become"

      *cough* BS!

      Madonna, Quentin Tarantino, Steve Jobs, Miley Cyrus, Josh Hutcherson, Robin Thicke, Owen Wilson, James Franco, Joseph G Levitt, Kirsten Dunst, Conan O'Brien, Drake, etc

      all of the above skipped prom (and the list goes on BTW). What a life crushing , devastating blow it must have been for these folks. :D
    2. Rhonda posted on 05/31/2014 09:18 AM
      @Angie Angie, the article says the girl will NOT BE GOING to the prom, after all...Her father has refused financial support and she will not go on principal. I feel for this girl and all the attention this has received....Very embarrassing for her, I'm sure...
  2. Kari posted on 05/30/2014 10:38 PM
    Her father wont let her go to the prom on PRINCIPAL???
    What a jerk. He should be grateful that people care more about his daughter than he does.
    Why punish her for his " pride "?
    She'll remember missing her prom for the rest of her life and resent him for it. As well she should...............................
  3. rick posted on 05/31/2014 10:52 AM
    Unless there's more to this story than we're being told, shame on Antoine-Brossard high school for shattering a young girl's prom for 400 bucks.
  4. Drew posted on 05/31/2014 08:19 PM
    I do not blame the girl for not wanting to go.She is embarrassed the media had to get evolved because of a uncaring decision made by the principal.Is the principal not suppose to help the students and since when are they the penny pinchers of the school board. My 2 children have been out of school for over 5 years and I still pay school tax living in the South Shore over $500 where does this money go. I personally think school boards should be under investigation and children should attend their prom no matter what money is owed. Epically like this case the father is unemployed.
    1. lynn williamson posted on 08/22/2014 05:05 AM
      @Drew All true. Happen to my child. I to was out of work do to surgery .my school fees are $420. I couldn't pay. Was told last min that if fees were not paid she could not attend. She also lost all money she fundraiser she did. A shame. Thank god I have great daughter whom understood.
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