Le'Veon Bell barred from attending prom after student won Twitter bet

Rachel Hardy
March 19, 2017

Pittsburgh's star running back agreed over the weekend to attend high school prom with Ava Tarantino, a 17-year-old junior at Waukesha West in Wisconsin who'd won a Twitter re-tweet bet to bring Bell as her date.

The reasons the Waukesha School District laid out for why Bell can not escort 17-year-old Waukesha West (Wisc.) junior Ava Tarantino are two-fold, the first being he's too old to attend.

And while he won't be at the prom, the Journal Sentinel reports that Bell has told her he plans to come for the pre-prom activities and perhaps a photo op and that he will bring his family - including his mother and girlfriend to put on her makeup. The district also has a policy to bar guests with a criminal background from attending.

"You can Google Mr. Bell", spokeswoman Terry Schuster said. The school district won't allow Bell to attend, citing his age and prior legal troubles. But unless successful, it's a no-go for her National Football League superstar prom "date".

Bell raised the stakes, tweeting "600 & it's a deal". "We have to be equitable in the way we treat our students".

The folks in charge of the Wasukesha, Wisconsin, school district have a rule about non-students attending prom, and Ava Tarantino's date is a rule-breaker.

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Tarantino was looking for the ideal black and gold dress to wear.

While Tarantino's father understands Schuster's ruling on his daughter's potential date, he hopes something can ultimately be worked out with the school and that's he's filed the appropriate request.

Bell recently underwent surgery to fix a core muscle that he injured during the Steelers playoff run.

"When the Steelers drafted him in 2013, which is my favorite football team, I was like, 'This is ideal, '" she said.

"Everyone makes mistakes; we all do", said Jim Tarantino.

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