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Teen, 18, Says School Nixed Her 21-Year-Old Senior Prom Date

By Ken Mandel   |   Friday, 25 Apr 2014 12:14 PM

A Connecticut high-school senior is upset because school officials said she can't bring her 21-year-old boyfriend to the senior prom.

Mikayla Perlotto, 18, had wanted to attend the Torrington High School event with Ethan Gleason, her boyfriend of five months, but she was told no over concerns that he could provide alcohol to minors, Perlotto told CBS News affiliate WFSB.

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"It means a lot to be a senior at your prom," Perlotto said. "It's your night, your last hurrah with your class."

Perlotto, a senior honors student, said she met Gleason while working at Jake's Wayback Burger. Since Gleason will be 22 by the time prom comes, Perlotto said that she wanted approval from school administrators.

"They immediately said 'no,' Perlotto told WFSB. "I wasn't really given a chance."

On Tuesday, Perlotto wrote a long post on Facebook stating her case, and she and her mother appeared at a Board of Education meeting Wednesday.

Superintendent Cheryl Kloczko told The Register Citizen that she wants to meet with Gleason before making a final decision.

"I don't have concerns with the person," Kloczko said. "I just have concerns with the age. We'd like to meet the gentleman."

For his part, Gleason said he wouldn't do anything to jeopardize his future, such as buying liquor for minors. He said he's willing to meet with the board and would let chaperones search his car or give him a Breathalyzer test before the event.

"How would I supply a whole school of minors with that?" Gleason said. "I'm not going to jeopardize myself for some kid who wants to manipulate the system. At least meet me. Sit down and have a conversation with me. Don't just judge me because of my age."

Perlotto plans to continue her fight until the May 23 prom, and will go by herself, if necessary.

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