Beth Smith says James Tate's punishment was the result of a well-publicized school policy that outlined consequences for anyone who got into trouble at school after April 1 - including banishment from prom.
Smith said, "This unfortunate situation is a result of one of those consequences." She did not take questions.
Republican State Reps. Jason Perillo of Shelton and Sean Williams of Waterbury are drafting legislation that would force schools to give students an option of community service for a policy violation within the last month of the school year.
There has been an outpouring of support on Twitter and Facebook. Many companies have offered freebies to help make this prom happen free of charge for the students.
Tate appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Wednesday night.
On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/newsheltonprom