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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."

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