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Mikayla Perlotto (right) is fighting to take Ethan Gleason (left) to the Torrington High School prom. (Perlotto photo) Mikayla Perlotto (right) is fighting to take Ethan Gleason (left) to the Torrington High School prom. (Perlotto photo)
TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

A battle between a student in Torrington and the school system could leave her without a date to her senior prom.

Mikayla Perlotto, 18, wants to take a 22-year-old man to the Torrington High School event.

"It means a lot to be a senior at your prom," said Perlotto, a senior. "It's your night, your last hurrah with your class."

Perlotto, a senior honor student, said that since she met her boyfriend of five months, Ethan Gleason, she dreamt of taking him to the prom. The two met while working at Jake's Wayback Burger.

"You want the perfect night," said Perlotto.

Gleason is 21 but will be 22 by the time the prom rolls around. Perlotto said she wanted to run the idea of taking an older man by the school administration.

"I wanted approval," she said.

She was shocked by the response.

"They immediately said 'no' and I couldn't be able to," Perlotto said. "I wasn't really given a chance."

No age restriction was listed in the student handbook. However, Perlotto said school officials told her the concern is about Gleason providing drinks to underage prom goers.

"He would never ever do something like that to get anyone at risk for anything," she said.

Perlotto tried to make her point at a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. Eyewitness News sought a comment from the board, but it would not provide one.

Now, Perlotto said she was out the $70 she paid for a ticket and the $400 she paid for her dress. However, she said there's still time to continue the fight.

"He's knows he's older, he doesn't know what else to say," Perlotto said. "He's trying to be there for me as much as he can."

She said she'll fight right up until the date of the prom, which was scheduled for May 23. If she can't take Gleason, she said she'd go by herself.

For perspective, Hartford school officials said their school system also did not have an age restriction for the prom.

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