Just today Shelton school officials decided to reverse their decision and let Tate and his friends go to prom. The school superintendent, Freeman Burr, actually said, "James Tate has set a new standard for romanticism."
However, officials did not necessarily choose to do this out of the goodness of their hearts, but gave in to mounting media pressure. Headmaster Beth Smith said, "I never thought this would lead to international notoriety, as I make tough, unpopular decision on a daily basis. The level of distraction has affected the culture of Shelton High School."
Things must have been hard for Smith. Life isn't exactly fun and games when you have a facebook page dedicated to firing you. Facebook and Twitter have played a huge role in Tate's case. A facebook page called Let James Tate Go To the Prom has received 197, 044 likes from both the old and the young.
Hey, maybe teenagers do have some power after all-the tremendous power of social networking!
Keep up the good work, teenagers of the world.