Special needs students weren’t going to prom. When police find out—they plan something unforgettable

This has me teary-eyed
May 21, 2018 6:16 pm Last Updated: May 21, 2018 6:17 pm

Prom night is a rite of passage for high schoolers, an opportunity that should be open and available to all students no matter what their disability.

A group of special needs students at a Florida high school got an unforgettable prom night—thanks to some special guests as their dates.


Scott Harris, a retired police officer from the Boynton Beach Police Department, is married to a teacher at John I. Leonard High School in Palm Beach County, who teaches special needs kids.

When he found out the students wouldn’t attend the school’s prom on May 12, he and his fellow officers proposed an inspiring idea:

For the police to take the students to prom

“We came up with this idea of having these students come to the prom since they wouldn’t have the opportunity if we didn’t take the chance and bring them here,” Harris told WPTV.

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The students were thrilled, and on Saturday were paired off with the police officers as their dates.

The department paid for their tickets and gave them the full prom experience, including corsages and boutonnieres.

Then they headed off to the prom at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

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 At prom, the officers even hit the dance floor with their new friends.

They all had fun, and the cops were happy to make this night possible for the students who might’ve missed out.

“It’s amazing to see these young kids that don’t have the opportunity to be here today,” Harris said.

“They are awesome kids and now they are mingling with the other kids, doing the same thing that kids that don’t have disabilities are doing.”

For the students’ teacher, it was an inspiring sight to see them on the dance floor having the time of their life.

“Just to have the kids doing something that they normally wouldn’t do with the disabled kids, they wouldn’t be able to be here if it wasn’t for Boynton,” teacher Sandi Harris said.

“They are having a ball. They are laughing. They’re dancing. They are totally out of their environment and having a great time.”

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Going to prom is far from typical police work. But sometimes being a good police officer is looking out for your community and helping citizens in need.

And thanks to the Boynton Beach Police Department, these teens got to experience a night they would never forget.