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Clay Center Fire Codes Shut Some G.W. Students Out From Prom

Reported: Mar. 23, 2014 9:56 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 23, 2014 10:57 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Sean Delancey) -- Prom season is fast approaching, but some say what's supposed to be a magical night has been ruined for students at Charleston's George Washington High School.

The school is having its prom at the Clay Center, where fire code regulations limit the number of people allowed into the dance.

Those fire codes mean some unlucky students will be remembering prom night from outside the Clay Center’s doors.

Joey Taylor is a junior at the school and thought this would be his first magical prom experience.

"Disappointment, sadness, and the fact that i have to wait until next year," he said.

That's because the school informed students that fire codes at the Clay Center meant less than 400 tickets could be sold.

That's not nearly enough for all juniors and seniors at the school.

Joey's mother, Dawn Taylor, is upset, saying prom should be open to anyone that wants to go.

"I'm not trying to get prom cancelled or nothing like that,” she said. “Lord forbid I would never do that. But I would like for it to be out there and let G.W. know that these students would like to go, so it doesn't happen again."

School officials with the board of education say parents and students were informed of the limitation well in advance... And they even opened sales to seniors early.

Joey said a misunderstanding with the rules kept him out of the loop.

"By the time I found out, it was already too late, and the tickets had been sold," he said.

Despite missing out this year, Joey says there is a silver lining.

"The fact that I didn't get to go this year makes me look forward to senior prom that much more," he said.

A member of the school board said they decided to move the prom to the Clay Center for something a little different, not knowing it would cause a controversy.



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