A Massachusetts high school senior was turned away from her prom after missing school that day to help her family with funeral arrangements after the devastating news of her uncle’s death.
Kaley Hughes and her boyfriend were all dressed up and at the door of the Triton Regional School prom when they were pulled aside and told they could not attend. School officials cite the student handbook, which states that students who miss school may not attend extra-curricular activities. The school’s superintendent said that the family also neglected to contact the school to notify them that Kaley would be absent that day.
Jody Hughes, Kaley’s mom, told WCVB Boston that she tried to reason with the school, but they would not change their minds.”Because everything was so last minute, we had put the prom on the back burner, while we took care of everything for the funeral. And for them to be so cold about the whole thing,” she said.
Kaley’s uncle died from end-stage liver failure.
Editor’s Note: Story updated with current information. Death in family was uncle, not brother. Also updated, funeral arrangements and emotional distress kept Kaley home the day of her prom. The funeral was scheduled several days later.
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