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James Tate, Shelton High School Senior Initially Banned From Prom, Can Now Attend

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SHELTON, Conn. -- A Connecticut high school headmaster has reversed her decision to ban a student from the prom after he broke school rules by hanging his prospective date's invitation at the school entrance.

The girl said yes, but Shelton High School senior James Tate was suspended for posting the invitation on a wall in 12-inch cardboard letters. School officials said it was a safety risk.

Under school rules, because Tate was suspended after April 1, he couldn't go to the prom with date Sonali Rodrigues.

But on Saturday, headmaster Beth Smith announced a policy change. Now, the school decides prom attendance for suspended students on a "case-by-case" basis. In Tate's case, he can go.

Smith acknowledged the "international notoriety" the case received on social-networking sites had an effect. Students also staged a protest sit-in.

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