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Mercy High School ~ Farmington Hills, Michigan


Mercy High School ~ Farmington Hills, Michigan


Mercy High School ~ Farmington Hills, Michigan


Administration Removes Prom Proposal from School Building

David Walborn asked Sarah Montone to prom through a sign on the building (left). However, it was taken down by administration before Montone could see it (right). Photo credits: Jessie Larouere (left), Sarah Montone (right)



Senior Sarah Montone is known around school as “the girl on the side of the building.” Her face, along with those of Imani Gunn and Shannon Lemmer, both 2012 graduates, appear on a large poster that hangs near the Gymnasium entrance.

To ask Montone to prom, her boyfriend, David Walborn, hung a large poster under the picture that read “Sarah, PROM?” with an arrow pointing to Montone’s face. Walborn and his mother hung the poster on the school with duct  tape the night of April 21st, after consulting with teacher Mrs. Lorraine Kusch.

Janitors were instructed by Vice Principal Larry Baker to remove the poster at 7:30 am, Monday morning. Montone did not see the poster before its removal, but saw pictures taken by her peers.

“I was really surprised and thankful that he put so much work into asking me to prom,” said Montone, “but I upset that I couldn’t see it.”

The poster was returned to Montone upon her request, and it is now in her possession.

“I feel like an idiot,” said Walborn when he learned that the poster had been taken down.

A similar event occurred two years ago at Sheldon High School in Connecticut, when senior James Tate asked his date to prom with a cardboard sign posted on school property. When Tate was suspended from school and banned from attending the prom for “trespassing on school property,” it made national headlines, appearing everywhere from the New York Times to the Huffington Post.

“I’ve seen girls asked on tests, over the announcements, and flowers delivered to the school, all of which disrupt class time,” said senior Jacqueline LaPres. “I don’t see why this was treated any differently.”

Mr. Baker declined to comment.

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