‘Too old’ grandma barred from Alabama high school prom: ‘Safety of students is most important’

Catherine Maine isn’t allowed to attend.

"I just thought, well, it’s just so nice that he wanted me to go," Catherine Maine told WTVM. "I kept asking him, ‘Don’t you want to take someone else?’ But he kept saying, ‘No, I want my Nanny.’ So I was just so shocked, privileged that he asked me."

Somehow, the school’s administrators got wind of Bryce’s plans – and that’s when they fell apart. Catherine Maine prepared for the April 8 event by purchasing a new dress to wear on the special night, as word of her coming attendance trickled out into the small community.

Eufaula High School let my Grandma go to Prom!" Well after she… bought her dress and made plans, the principal decided that they cannot do that anymore… "My blood is boiling right now," it began. "My little cousin Bryce wanted to take our Grandma to his senior Prom since she has never been. Like really?

"My Grandma is the most important woman in my life and she’s never had a prom before so I figured why not let her go with me," Bryce told "Inside Edition."

We can’t. Another tweet: #LetNannyGoToProm Oh, no. We’ll start a trend of grandsons (and granddaughters) showing kindness towards their grandparents.


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That one word, written on canvas and surrounded by a colorful collage of paint, promised Catherine Maine an experience she missed out on long ago.

Grandma Catherine Maine. (Screen grab from KTNV Channel 13)

in case, you know, she was trying to distribute it to minors." Bryce told WTVM the reason the school gave him was "alcohol…

As he told CNN, "Every woman deserves to go to a prom, no matter how old you are."

For the 10 years I have been high school principal, we have denied requests each year from students asking to bring older dates to prom. "Safety of students and staff is the first and most important of the many tasks of a school administrator. Most high schools have an age limit for prom attendees," Hawkins said in a statement. We do not chance leaving any stone unturned when it comes to safety.

Regardless of the rules, the decision riled many after Sarah Catherine, Bryce’s cousin, posted an angry message about the decision on Facebook.

As of early Tuesday morning, four days before the prom, the post was shared more than 4,700 times and included more than a thousand comments.

If my granddaughter did that for me I would be the happiest Pawpa in the world. I laugh at the thought that she might bring alcohol," wrote another. What a nice young man to have this once in a lifetime experience for the both of them. "This country has gone to hell.

Her invitation, after all, came from her grandson, 18-year-old Bryce Maine. Bryce, a senior at Eufaula High School in Alabama, wanted his grandmother to finally enjoy the formative soiree she missed so many years ago. Of course she said yes.

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In her post, Sarah used the hashtag #letnannygotoprom, which quickly spread to Twitter.

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"It seems the only problem here, is that adults with no lives, no heart, no compassion, or love, deem it necessary to ruin a fantastic gesture of love & ideals!" wrote one commenter. Another advocated a boycott of the prom, calling the school "heartless."

"I’m heartbroken," Bryce added.
In a statement to "Inside Edition," Eufaula City Schools principal Steve Hawkins said the prom attendees must be 20 years old or younger, and he cannot bend the rules. On Monday, Bryce’s father met with school officials seeking a compromise, but nothing changed, reported Fox News’ Todd Starnes.

#LetNannyGoToProm One tweet: There is no more common sense in our schools.