They say there's an exception to every rule, and that's what Kansas high school junior Courtney Widener's special prom date request should have been considered by school officials. But it wasn't -- at least, not at first. Courtney wanted to bring her 22-year-old brother, Senior Airman Casey Widener, to the prom, and I don't blame her: She'd only seen Casey once since he got back from his deployment in Afghanistan. Of course she wanted a night on the town with her big bro! But she was told that bringing her brother was against the school district's rule prohibiting anyone over the age of 21 from participating in prom activities. Courtney was devastated ... until Casey came up with a way to escort his sister without getting her in trouble.
Instead of taking Courtney to the actual dance, he walked her down the red carpet (proms have red carpets now?!) and gave her a proper military salute. Then he left.
Awww!! Too sweet. If these kids were mine, I would be bursting with pride. (And probably crying a lot.)
Anyway, thankfully someone caught the magical moment on video ... and posted it online, where it quickly went viral.
"We never expected it to blow up like this," says Courtney.
Nor did Courtney and her family expect what happened next. The video got so much attention that district officials are considering changing the age limit rule. You can see why when you watch the salute:
I think this might be the happiest prom story ever told. Not to mention a super-sweet sibling tale. (Does this mean there's hope my son and daughter might get along someday?!)
Do you think the school district should change the age limit rule?
Image via AIRFORCENewYorkCity/YouTube