School Board Member Accepts Prom Invite On Twitter, Then Thinks Twice
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A popular Fairfax County School Board member says he won’t go to prom with a James Madison High School student after all.
A senior at the school recently tweeted Ryan McElveen to ask him to prom.
“RYAN BE MYAN!!! Prom?” she proposed in less than 140 characters.
He responded with all the swagger and pizazz that catapulted him to semi-celebrity status with the county’s students.
“It’s gonna get cray cray at Madison’s prom this year. I said yes,” he tweeted, according to The Washington Post.
And then the married 28-year-old thought better of his decision.
Instead of putting on a tuxedo and escorting the girl, who is not yet 18, McElveen says he will make a cameo at the May 30 event and pose for photos with students.
The girl’s mother told The Post that her daughter had invited him as a joke.
The girl, who didn’t think that McElveen would even see her invitation, said he “in no way whatsoever” was going to be her date. She feels that an official date would have been “extremely inappropriate.”
The school system has no policy that governs whether officials can attend student-related events.
Madison High School officials have said all dates and guests must be 21-years-old or younger.
It isn’t uncommon for teens to use social media to ask celebrities and dignitaries to prom. NBA star Dwayne Wayde, snowboarder Shaun White, singers Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato have all surprised students by attending.
McElveen gained notoriety among students after he tweeted that classes would be cancelled due to snow before an official announcement was made by the county this past winter.
The exchange between McElveen and the girl appears to have been deleted from Twitter.
The entire ‘to do’ appears to be in good nature without nefarious motives.