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Supt. Addresses Prom Controversy

Shelton Supt. Freeman Burr spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday night about the James Tate prom controversy that's getting worldwide attention. "It's not a board of...
/ Source: NBCConnecticut.com

Shelton Supt. Freeman Burr spoke publicly for the first time on Wednesday night about the James Tate prom controversy that's getting worldwide attention.

"It's not a board of education policy. It's a school administrative regulation. There are other students that have been affected similarly," Burr said.

Tate is the Shelton High School student who found a creative way to ask a girl to prom and then was banned from going because of the way he asked.

Board member Tom Minotti said he learned about the controversy on the news.

A Shelton alderman said he hopes school board members have a change of heart. "I've received countless emails today and not one person is opposed to him going to the prom."

Shelton High School's Headmaster, Dr. Beth Smith, said she would make a staetment on the controversy Thursday at 4 p.m.