Although not the most reliable of sources - This particular exploitation of a situation is shambolic. It's even noted that the girl in question KNEW she wasn't allowed to go to the prom, but refused to take responsibility for her own actions, turning up and claiming victimisation by the school.
Surely, by the age of 16, people should be aware that attending school is good, and not is bad? I also think the mother would be at fault for allowing such a spend on an event that she wasn't meant to go to...
I applaud the school in the report for standing by it's own procedures. If someone is going to act like a spoilt brat for not getting their own way and kicking up a fuss about it, then they're likely to be remembered themselves in a negative light, not remembered for the supposed good stuff.
Truancy.. Unruly behaviour.. And expecting no consequences?
Too soft in the parenting - discipline wise - in my eyes. The school is not accountable for the actions of an individual when in denial of a procedure that the establishment is entitled to follow.
Sounds like a reasonable case of WTF to me.. WTF is going on in the mind of the teen/her mum?