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