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Floral Park Memorial High School rallies around littlest prom goer

Floral Park Memorial High School's faculty and students

(Credit: Josh Stewart)

The star of Floral Park Memorial High School’s prom matched a black jacket with a Batman T-shirt, and sported sneakers with red shoe laces and soles that lit up when he walked.

Ethan Demmers, 5, wasn’t inside Jericho’s Milleridge Inn for 5 seconds before teacher Christin Mason scooped him up.

“Are you my prom date tonight?” she kidded.

Ethan walked in with his dad, Floral Park...

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Abuse survivor thankful and happy at Valley Stream Central prom

Darline Jean-Gilles, 18, and her date, Spencer Thomas,

(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Darline Jean-Gilles talks about being taken away from her father due to abuse and neglect, treatment so bad that she lost much of her hearing.

But Jean-Gilles was speaking Friday night as a survivor rather than as a victim. She walked into the Valley Stream Central prom with her date, Spencer Thomas, 22, on her arm, proud of how far she’s come and ready to dance all night long.  


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