Prom is one of the most important life events there is for a teenager. It’s supposed to be a night of warm memories and fun with friends. And if you’ve been homeschooled, then the night would naturally be a pivotal moment for celebration and camaraderie. Clare Ettinger of Richmond, VA, however, had that moment ripped away from her when she was booted out of her own prom.
As 17-year-old Clare and her boyfriend, James Thompson, made their way to a homeschool prom, themed “Twilight in Paris,” they were thrilled for the night ahead of them. They felt good, they looked great, and they were ecstatic to finally unwind with friends. Her boyfriend had even purchased the tickets to the prom way in advance. Nothing, they thought, could take this night away from them.