SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state high school student has been suspended after strapping a fake explosive device around his waist in a prom-proposal stunt that spooked staff and teens, local media reported on Thursday.
La Center High School student Ibrahim Ahmad was suspended for five days and barred from the dance after the lunchtime stunt in the cafeteria on Wednesday in which he stood on a stage wearing a vest filled with red paper tubes and wires, The Columbian newspaper reported.
He could be seen in a photo holding a sign that read: "I kno it's a little late, but I'm kinda...THE BOMB! Rilea, Will U Be My Date To Prom?"
"In 'promposals' you're supposed to go big...Everyone just asks in a really creative way," Ahmad told the newspaper.
"I'm Middle Eastern, and I thought the bomb was kind of funny and clever," he added, according to the newspaper.
La Center Schools Superintendent Mark Mansell took the opposing view, saying in a statement to The Columbian that Ahmad deserved to be punished for disrupting the learning environment in the school, about 150 miles (241 km)south of Seattle.
Laughter and loud cheers could be heard in mobile phone footage posted online of his proposal in which a girl joins him on stage and gives him a hug.
The girl, Rilea Wolfe, said 'yes' to his proposal.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Lisa Lambert)