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LA CENTER, Wash. -- At a time of school shootings, violence and terrorism, it probably wasn't the best idea for asking a girl to the prom.

An 18-year-old senior at La Center High School was suspended Wednesday for wrapping a fake bomb around his waist as a "funny, clever" way to ask a girl to the prom, The Columbian reported.

Instead, the student, Ibrahim Ahmad, received a five-day suspension that will keep him from going to the school's prom Saturday night, the newspaper said.

Ahmad strapped a paintball vest to his waist and filled the open pockets with red paper tubes attached to red wires, so that it looked like explosives. Then he stood up in the cafeteria holding a sign that read: “I kno it’s A little Late, But I’m kinda…THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?”

That's when the school administration stepped in.

School Superintendent Mark Mansell told The Columbian that students didn't appear alarmed but, "I want all my kids to feel safe and supported" and felt he didn't to punish the student for strapping a fake bomb to his waist at school.

“I’m Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny and clever,” Ahmad told The Columbian. “I wasn’t wearing the vest for more than, like, 20 seconds. I asked her, took a picture, took it off, and then the school got upset.”

Ahmad said although he won't be going to the prom, he and his proposed date will likely have a dinner date instead.


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    wow! OVER REACTED!! Let the kid go to prom! people have become such whiners over stupid shit but pay no mind to real problems like bullys!

  • Bobby

    how the times have changed. 20 years ago this might have been funny and gotten the expected (or hoped for) laughs from everyone and of course his prom date saying “yes”, but in today’s world where kids bring guns or knives or whatever else to school to cause harm to others, i don’t think he really thought this through all the way. but it’s better he learned that lesson now instead of later when he’s in college or out in the workforce where he could wind up being arrested. hard lesson to learn.

  • Ken

    While I am the first to admit that this wasn’t the brightest of ideas, suspension is WAY OVER REACTING!!! A special kudos goes out to the school superintendent Mark Mansal (the public representation for the school district) for taking this teaching moment, and demonstrating to all the kids, staff and community a little common sense. That is sarcasm if you don’t get it! What exactly do you think you have taught this young man? Or the students? Or the community? You have done nothing more than perpetuate the stereotype of White Americans’ intolerance towards middle eastern culture. I know you are going to say ‘Wait a minute! It’s all about the bomb at a school’. Instead, a kid in a learning institution had an idea (granted, not a good one but, who hasn’t had a bad idea?), and has learned from an educator that he/she should never have another idea and just stay invisible. This whole thing is just sad…

  • BearTex3

    I say if I was this kids friends and classmates, and if he was not allowed to go to prom then I just would not go. But not in this day and age, because this is a society of ME’s and not WE’s. While it was not the brightest idea and in his mind creative, he should have realized that no matter what he did, someone would have gotten offended and then overreact

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