When is a prom ‘date’ not a prom ‘date’?

A few years ago, a local knucklehead in high school invited porn stars to be his date at the senior prom. When one accepted, that forced school officials to crack down on whom students can invite to the prom.

And that’s why Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret hockey player who was paralyzed during a game, had to depend on common sense prevailing when he asked ESPN’s Michelle Beadle to be his date.

“Caught me by surprise,” he tells Fox9 News. “Didn’t expect her to say yes.”

The school has a rule that nobody over 20 can be a prom date, but yesterday the school relented by calling Beadle a “special guest,” rather than a “date.”

“Benilde is strict about it and they have been very generous and helpful in working it out so it’s not something that is frowned upon,” Jablonski said.