Barred from the Prom

So you thought finding a date was stressful? New rules are making it tougher to get into the big party

In preparation for her Senior-Prom night, Leah Lott performed the traditional rituals: she got her nails done, she had her sister do her makeup, and she even took a trip to the spray-tanning parlor. Later that evening, she and her boyfriend, Chris Raffo, took pictures at his parents' house. But instead of joining the rest of her classmates at Pearl River Central High School, in Carriere, Miss., for their last big hurrah, Lott and Raffo dined in an Italian restaurant and drove to New Orleans for a quiet evening in the French Quarter. Lott, 18, had desperately wanted to go to...

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