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All dressed up, no place to go after teen banned from prom

Gladstone State High school student Jaimi-Lee Langerak, 17, feels she has been singled out after her school banned her from going to the end-of-year-prom.
Gladstone State High school student Jaimi-Lee Langerak, 17, feels she has been singled out after her school banned her from going to the end-of-year-prom. Mike Richards

A GLADSTONE State High School student is all dressed up with nowhere to go after the school banned her from attending her prom.

Year 12 student Jaimi-Lee Langerak claims she was told last month she could attend the lavish end-of-year event.

But on Friday mother Mandy Langerak was told her daughter wouldn't be attending prom, because she had not adhered to the school's absence policy.

Ms Langerak said her daughter was absent about 10-15 times throughout the school year, but still fell within the school's attendance record required for prom.

"I'm angry, really angry, just about how the school has dealt with the communication," she said.

Ms Langerak with the school in August to discuss Jaimi-Lee's attendance record.

She claims she struck an agreement with the deputy principal at the meeting that if Jaimi-Lee could prove her absences for the past four months, she would have a chance of attending prom.

On October 31 the school included Jaimi-Lee on a list of students who were attending prom.

Jaimi-Lee claims her teacher told her that she could attend the prom on "special conditions" on October 23.

Last Friday Ms Langerak was phoned by the school with the news her daughter couldn't attend prom.

Jaimi-Lee has spent almost $1000 for the event, including a new dress, shoes, photography, hair trials and make-up.

"It makes me angry because all my friends are going and my partner is without a date," Jaimi-Lee said.

"He had to get a suit and that cost money."

The school requires students to provide a reason for absence within two days of being away.

Ms Langerak admitted she hadn't abided by the rules, but said she didn't want other parents to be in a similar situation.

A Department of Education spokesperson said students were given a letter on August 19 with an update on their eligibility to attend prom.

The Gladstone State High School Eligibility to Attend Functions Policy outlines that students must adhere to the following to attend the prom:

  • Have satisfactory attendance.
  • Have no unexplained absences.
  • Explain absences within two days.
  • No truancy from class lessons.

Sixteen Year 12 students have been banned from attending the prom night.

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