There’s something to be said for slipping a person a piece of notebook paper that says “Will you go to prom with me? Check yes or no.” Somehow the rush to come up with creative and outlandish ways of asking people to prom—aka “promposals”—had gotten to the point where promposals are crazier than actual proposals, and some 17-year-old boys are just awful at coming up with fun surprises, like this guy who sent his girlfriend a very convincing letter telling her she had just been rejected from college. Luckily for the boyfriend, she thought it was funny, but we would have had all the heart attacks.

According to the Daily Mail, Caitlin Metzker had been accepted to the University of South Carolina and intended to attend in the fall. But then she received a very official letter on the University of South Carolina stationery that said her admission was being rescinded because of falling grades.

“We have recently received your final transcript from your school. Unfortunately it is clear that your grades are not what they were when we accepted you. … I ask you to submit to me, as soon as possible but no later than April 17, 2014, a written statement dealing the reasoning’s surrounding these actions.”

I can’t imagine anything that would have sent me into a bigger panic when I was in high school. I’d have had such a meltdown I wouldn’t even have noticed the misspellings and grammatical errors peppered across the missive.

If she even managed to get to the bottom of the letter without hyperventilating, it read:

“It saddens us to say that you admissions is in jeopardy, and we may have to pull our admissions from you due to your poor school ethic and attendance. However if you were to just agree to go to prom with your boyfriend we could reconsider letting you continue to be a South Carolina Gamecock. So what do you say, will you go to prom with me?

Sincerely, Tom Jones”

“Oh my god Dylan. Thank you for the heart attack #prom,” Metzker tweeted, alongside a photo of the letter. Evidently she took it in stride and Dylan did not get dumped and they went to prom after all. Yay! Happy ending.

This was pretty funny in a schadenfreudey sort of way, and we have to give Dylan credit for that spot-on letterhead he created for the prank. (Though he maybe could have proofread it one more time.) But promposals have got to stop, because some day this guy is going to want to propose to someone for real, and you just know he’s going to wind up pulling some crazy stunt like this dude who proposed by faking his own death to show his girlfriend what life would be like without him.

(Photo: Twitter/CaitlinMetzker)