Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

School Breaks Teen's Prom Date with Steelers' Le'Veon Bell

The running back had agreed to attend the dance after the young Wisconsin fan won a Twitter bet. No worries though, this story has a happy ending.




Photo by Pittsburgh Steelers|Karl Roser

 

Ava Tarantino may live in Waukesha, Wis., but she has been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since she first discovered pro football. In 2014, she met Le'Veon Bell when her family attended a Steelers' game. 

Tarantino and Bell began to follow each other on Twitter. On March 11, Tarantino asked Bell to be her date at the prom.
 


Bell negotiated the deal up to 600 retweets, which wasn't much of a challenge when you consider his 806,000 followers.
 


A few hours later, it was a done deal.
 


Bell may see Tarantino, but it won't be at the prom. The school district says it is sticking by its policy of not allowing anyone older than 19 to attend the prom. In its statement, the district also said its policy bars dance guests who have been involved with drugs, alcohol or violent criminal incidents.

“You can Google Mr. Bell,” spokeswoman Terry Schuster said, apparently referencing Bell’s arrest in August 2014 in Ross Township for DUI and marijuana possession. 

"We have to be equitable in the way we treat our students," she said. "We don't even know if this is a real commitment."

According to Tarantino's family, Bell has committed to an appearance before the prom and he will bring his mother and girlfriend, who will do the teenager's makeup. 

Tarantino's father, Jim, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he is disappointed by the district's decision, but pleased that Bell has committed to attend even for a brief time.

"I think the fact that he's agreed to do this and to bring his family, speaks very highly of who he is as a person."
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

House of the Week: South Side Townhouse with Spectacular Views

This end-unit townhouse with incredible, panoramic views of Downtown is sure to take your breath away.

Local Business Owner Pays it Forward

Ed Meyer overcame challenges with the help of others — now he gives back to those in the same situation.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

After a Decade of Fun, A Strong Avengers Goes Dark

A spoiler-free review of "Avengers: Infinity War."

Watch: Boujee the French Bulldog Breaks Free

Juju Smith-Schuster’s dog makes some sweet aerial moves to get out of its cage.

A Bitter Pennsylvania Rivalry Is the Focus of a New Movie

Few questions spark such intense debate as “Wawa or Sheetz?” A local filmmaker hopes to answer which regional chain reigns supreme.

Kraft Heinz Squeezes Out New Ketchup with Vintage Taste

Can a recipe from 1896 still taste as good?

Tour It: Historic Wilkinsburg Mansion Gets a Makeover

The Junior League of Pittsburgh's Show House is a 112-year-old mansion featuring 28 rooms decorated by a different local design professionals.

Today’s Home Relocating North Hills Furniture Store

Owner Jeff Lenchner says a Discount Tire store will open in place of the store’s current location along McKnight Road in Ross Township.

Is Gabby Barrett the Next Carrie Underwood?

The 18-year-old singer from Munhall wowed the “American Idol” judges once again.

17 Vintage Photos of the Steel City of Old

Take a trip back to a very different Pittsburgh.

These Creative Couples Transformed the Traditional Guestbook

Find out why these couples ditched the traditional guestbook and instead chose a drum head, a giant wooden letter and a dictionary for their guests to sign.

PIT Turns to CMU to Make Airport Smartest in the World

The airport authority will use minds at CMU to discover ways to make it easier for passengers to get from the terminal’s parking lots to their seat on the plane.

Celebrate August Wilson's Birthday With a King and a Block Party

The ninth play in the 10-part Pittsburgh Cycle will open outside at the August Wilson House.

First Look: Soju in Garfield

Simon Chough’s Korean restaurant is six years in the making.

I Feel Pretty Isn't What You're Expecting (And That's Okay)

Reviews of "I Feel Pretty" and "Super Troopers 2," plus a rundown of events at the Pittsburgh Underground Film Festival.

Get Your Clark Bars While You Can – They May Soon Be Gone

Production of Pittsburgh native candy bar may halt if the current producer cannot find a new buyer.

Coughlin's Law Wants To Be Your Mount Washington Destination

Notes on the busy new bar and restaurant near Grandview Avenue.