What was supposed to be a cute way to ask a girl to prom went awry for a student at La Center High School in La Center, Washington.
Ibrahim Ahmad, 18, asked Rilea Wolfe to prom by strapping a fake bomb around his waist and presenting 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?”
Although Ahmad was later suspended for his “promposal,” Wolfe said yes.
“I’m Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny and clever,” he 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 was suspended for five days, preventing him from going to the prom, which will be held on Saturday.
“It was really unfair, and it kind of felt racist,” Ahmad said. “If anyone else did that, I feel like no one else would have gotten in trouble for it.”
“I want all my kids to feel safe and supported, but there’s a line,” superintendent Mark Mansell said. “Given the way the world is today and school safety, even if one parent or one student was upset about this, it causes issues.”
While a video of the proposal (below) shows other students cheering and laughing as Ahmad asks Wolfe to the prom, Mansell said Ahmad needed to be punished for disrupting the learning environment -- even though he asked Wolfe during lunch in the cafeteria.
“To me, it’s just blatant disrespect,” Mansell said. “The student knew that the principal wouldn’t support this, and he went ahead and did it anyway.”
Ahmad said he and Wolfe will most likely go on a dinner date instead of attending prom.