Muskogee student creates 'alternate prom' for friend with Down syndrome

Posted at 5:23 PM, Apr 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-08 23:20:48-04

MUSKOGEE -- A Muskogee High School senior worked with school officials to create an "alternate prom" after being told she couldn't take her friend with Down syndrome because of his age. 

Even though Alexis Morse and her friend T.T. Glass can't go to the prom in Muskogee on Saturday night, they're still getting dressed up to celebrate at Incredible Pizza. 

Morse said the district wouldn't allow Glass at prom because he's 48 years old. According to the school's policy, no one older than 21 years old can attend prom. 

Morse said although it was disappointing, she worked with the school principal to plan the alternate prom. She said the prom is for anyone in the community who has a disability. 

Glass wasn't able to go to his own prom, so Morse wanted to make sure he still had that opportunity. 

"Most people that are disabled don’t get to go to prom just because they don’t get asked and they can’t really attend without supervision," Morse said. "So I feel like we really need to do something about that, and change it. Everybody deserves to go to prom.”

Muskogee school officials said they are glad they can work with students to make sure everyone can enjoy prom this year.

The alternate prom will be held on April 21 in the Muskogee High School cafeteria. Residents who want to help contribute toward the event can contact Muskogee Public Schools at 918-684-3700.

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