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Marine speaks out after being turned away from little sister's prom

Marine Responds After Being Barred From Escorting Sister To Prom

U.S. Marine Robert Attison is currently home on a two-week leave after serving in Afghanistan. While home he planned to escort his little sister, Amanda, to her high school prom. But those plans soon changed when the school turned him away.

Attison explains, "I would not be going inside the prom, I was just going to be escorting my little sister on her senior walk."

It sounds like this is where things got confusing.

WAGA says Georgia's Central High School officials told Robert he couldn't be Amanda's date because all dates had to be younger than 21 and needed to be pre-registered with the school.

But Robert only planned on escorting his sister on her senior walk - a pre-prom ceremony that introduces the senior students.

Still, Robert says officials told him he couldn't do that because he wasn't a senior. So he didn't escort his sister, but he did end up dressing in his Marine uniform to take photos with her. And he told a WAGA reporter that he really doesn't want anyone giving Central High School a bad name.

"I know people have been saying how disappointed they are in them and that's not something I want put on Central High School, not coming from me."

But Robert's request hasn't stopped people from expressing their views on WAGA's Facebook page. All of the commenters believe the school should have allowed him to escort Amanda during her senior walk.

"True gentleman, an excellent brother and a great reflection of good parenting. The school should have asked more questions before making a snap judgement call."

"He served our country. He should be allowed to escort his little sister."

School officials told WAGA the whole thing just came down to a big miscommunication, and that if they had known the circumstances, the school would have allowed Robert to escort his sister during her senior walk.

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Larry May 13 2014 at 8:23 PM

This type of action to our fighting men are happening all over the world. I wonder what they would do if our young men didnt serve our country

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windcat2 Larry May 13 2014 at 8:26 PM

I know you probably didn't intend the omission, but there are many young women serving in the same capacity.

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jasonbossert_ma May 13 2014 at 8:06 PM

Sorry, but I agree with the school.

I had a friend who asked if I'd go to prom with her when I was 20 and she was 17
The school turned me away.

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tom jasonbossert_ma May 13 2014 at 9:45 PM

he wasent going to prom just walk her in

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jayd245245 May 13 2014 at 8:06 PM

Amen! He s 1st class and the school officials are anything but!

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christine May 13 2014 at 8:05 PM

Goes to show the schools still hire the dumb and uneducated.

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thequeenowatever christine May 13 2014 at 8:43 PM

It's a red state...what do you expect?

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jessr018 May 13 2014 at 8:03 PM

shame on you central high school shame! shame! shame!

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DON May 13 2014 at 8:02 PM


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dvc2042 May 13 2014 at 8:02 PM

Take those same officials who made the decision and put them in the streets of Afghanistan for a few days.

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David May 13 2014 at 8:01 PM

Miscommunication my a _ _. The uproar caused the school to rethink and miscommunication is the cop out. Seems our schools, administrators, district are bastions of incompetence and educational constipation.

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kcarthey May 13 2014 at 8:01 PM

All these attacks on "Liberal run schools". LOL Who's kidding who? Nothing is Liberal in the Heart of Dixie and home of creationism and prayer in the schools. And here I thought weed was only legal in Colorado. A lot of poster have to be smokin' tonight.

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William May 13 2014 at 7:57 PM

Liberal, union controlled public school. Any questions?

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