Man High senior not allowed to attend prom

Banner Staff Report

April 25, 2010

MAN For the second time during his senior year at Man High School, 17-year-old Andrew Eldridge has received a crushing blow.
First, his mother died
"My whole world was flipped upside down, I was the only one at home" Eldridge said. "My mom was everything."
Now, he says he has been banned from his high school prom for having too many unexcused absences.
"Mrs. Manning said I missed too many days and I can't go," Eldridge said.
Eldridge said he missed more than a week of school due to funeral arrangements, hospital visits and time off. Since his mother's death, Eldridge admits he has missed more since his mother's death, but has been struggling to cope with losing her.
Eldridge is asking administrators to make an exception and allow him to attend his senior prom.
"I wish they would just see in their hearts to let me go because I'm never going to be able to go again," said Eldridge.
Eldridges' mother, Shirley, worked at Man High School for more than 10 years as a custodian.
Information from a report by WOWK-TV was used in this story.