Texans backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky, perhaps best known for running out of the end zone and not noticing it, currently is trying to help adminstrators at the high school he once attended notice that they are running out of the end zone when it comes to banning a current student from attending the prom.
Shelton High School Headmaster Beth Smith decided to prevent James Tate from going to the prom because of the manner in which he asked Sonali Rodrigues to attend it with him. He posted a message on the outside of the school, via cardboard letters taped to the structure.
Tate was suspended for trespassing. Because school policy prevents anyone who has received an in-school or out-of-school suspension after April 1 from attending the prom, Tate ain’t welcome.
The story has gained plenty of attention, including stops by Tate and Rodrigues on Today and Jimmy Kimmel’s show, but Smith hasn’t budged. Orlovsky, who was a star quarterback at the school, recently chimed in.
“I think it’s ridiculously harsh,” Orlovsky told FOXNews.com. “I get school rules and lines and boundaries, but what’s the alternative here? Reprimand the kid if you want, but to make an example out of him like this is taking a lot of the fun out of being a senior in high school. It’s kind of comical.”
Making it even more comical is that the Connecticut Legislature is now involved, crafting a new law that generally would prevent the kind of thing that specifically is happening to Tate.
Who says that our state and federal legislators have better things to do?
UPDATE: Alex Marvez of FOXSport.com, who apparently also has nothing better to do, advises that earlier today the folks at Shelton High School have turned tail and allowed Tate to attend the prom, via a predictable but nevertheless quite lame public statement. Advantage Orlovsky.