Mom Pregnant at 17 Made Choice To Drop Out and Miss Prom. Yrs Later, Grown Son Has Surprise


Prom is a magical night for high schoolers that many will never forget.

Some teenagers go above and beyond with their “promposals” to ask their date to the dance. I will never forget how my high school sweetheart asked me.

He decorated my bedroom with balloons and letters spelling out “prom?” and sat on my bed with roses waiting for me to come home. I was so surprised!

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One teen decided to take his mom to the dance instead of asking someone else for a very sweet reason.

Joe Moreno wanted to give his mother an unforgettable night because she didn’t get to go to her own prom.

“I have always wanted to take my mother to prom ever since I found out what prom was,” the 18-year-old told Insider.

“My mother had me at the age of 17, (so) she decided to drop out of high school. I decided that I would give my mom the one night she never experienced because of her sacrifice.”

The Corpus Christi, Texas high schooler took his mother to prom on Saturday night, and his pictures have gone viral!

“My mom had me at the age of 17. She dropped out of high school to focus on giving me her all. Last night I gave her the prom night she never had,” his Tweet read.

His post has since been retweeted 25,780 times and liked 161,386 times. Many people replied to the teen with words of praise for his sweet action.

“My mom was really emotional and loved how I did that for her,” Moreno said. “My classmates loved the idea and most of them reacted the same way everyone is currently now.”

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“Just being there with my mom and creating that everlasting memory was truly worth it.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Prescott, Arizona
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