A student in Center, Texas, may be shut out of his prom on May 19 because he accidentally carried a prop gun out of the drama department, KSLA-TV reports.
Center High School juniors and seniors will go to prom Saturday night, but Center High School Student Avery Tindol will not be among them because of an incident involving a toy gun, according to the Shreveport, Louisiana television station. Center is located near Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas/Louisiana border.
Tindol says he and other students were cleaning out the drama room’s prop closet when he was handed a toy gun before the bell rang dismissing class. “I realized I had it in my pocket and as soon as a did I took it out to give it to the guy that gave it to me, and a teacher ran up and grabbed my arm,” says Tindol.
The Center, Texas school board told Tindol that he would not be allowed to go to prom because of what happened in October. Tindol was suspended for three days while administration investigated. Tindol’s name was cleared following the investigation.
But a rule in the high school’s handbook says after suspensions, administrators can decide what school activities a student can participate in. “I was shocked, I figured they would be on my side,” says Tindol.