Seventeen-year-old Ava Tarantino reached out to Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le'veon Bell on twitter.
However, her hopes of taking an National Football League star to prom were short-lived, as the school district barred Bell from attending, citing his age and past legal troubles.
The district does not allow guests over the age of 19 or guests who have been involved in drug, alcohol, or violent criminal incidents.
"You can Google Mr. Bell", spokeswoman Terry Schuster told Johnson, likely alluding to his history of suspensions.
Waukesha West High School, which she attends, has a strict age limit for prom dates.
"This story proves the power of social media is insane and there's so many positive things that can come out of it", Tarantino said.More news: Two more Garth Brooks shows added in Champaign
Tarantino is a lifelong Steelers fan.
"Everyone makes mistakes; we all do", said Jim Tarantino. He was suspended for two games in 2015 for a marijuana-related arrest.
He thinks the district could use Bell's visit to impart a number of positive lessons for students: that hard work breeds success, that negative actions have consequences, and that sometimes there are second chances.
Well to date, her tweet has received over 2,000 retweets and more than 1,000 "likes". "We don't even know if this is a real commitment". Bell tweeted back, "600 & it's a deal". He says he'd also bring his mother and girlfriend, who has offered to help Ava with her hair and makeup.
Schuster said Tarantino must file a request for Bell to attend.
"When the Steelers drafted him in 2013, which is my favorite football team, I was like, 'This is ideal, '" she said. It says Ava's parents must fill out a form giving Bell permission to attend prom with Ava.