Patrick Farves had the chance of a lifetime.
If he took it, the Central York senior's grandkids would never hear the end of the time Pop-Pops got shot down by Miss America in front of all his classmates.
Of course she'd reject the proposal.
But when did that ever stop a teenager from asking a celebrity to his or her prom?
Actually, it's kind of a "thing."
Taylor Swift, Kate Upton, Justin Bieber and Conan O'Brien are just some of the famous folk put on the spot by high-schoolers with high hopes and good senses of humor.
And here was reigning Miss America Nina Davuluri, scheduled to address an assembly at Central York High School last Thursday. And she'd be taking questions!
It was too good for self-described jokester Farves to pass up.
At the right time, he'd pop the question, pass Davuluri a flower (plastic, no less!). He'd get a laugh from the crowd, maybe a chuckle from Miss America and probably eye rolls from staff members.
What a goofball.
Except at least one administrator, having gotten wind of his plan, specifically warned Farves to keep his gooberness in check.
We don't know why.
Did they think Miss America would be embarrassed, that she couldn't handle a playful, good-natured proposal from a high school boy?
Miss Americas are known for their composure, after all. And Davuluri — the first Indian American to wear the crown — showed particular poise and grace when racist idiots made offensive comments after her pageant win.
We suspect she is perfectly capable of dealing with little things like prom proposals.
But a rule is a rule, and Favres made the decision to break it.
In addition to the laughs and a non-committal answer from the woman with the crown, Favres received a 3 ½-day, in-school suspension for his antics.
He said he understood there would be a consequence for his disobedience, and he's just happy it wasn't more serious, like being banned from prom or graduation.
As Favres' story spread on social media and through a national television appearance, he earned his share of defenders who accused the administration of overreacting.
Davuluri herself weighed in over the weekend, saying she was "flattered by the gesture" and asking the school not to suspend Favres.
We understand administrators can't simply ignore those who break the rules.
But maybe they should consider the possibility they overreacted by creating the rule in the first place.