Monday, October 17, 2005

Long Island principal cancels prom (article)

Tired of his students treating prom like a drunken orgy night, the Principal of a Catholic School wrote a letter to the parents of the students.

"It is not primarily the sex/booze/drugs that surround this event, as problematic as they might be; it is rather the flaunting of affluence, assuming exaggerated expenses, a pursuit of vanity for vanity's sake -- in a word, financial decadence," Hoagland said, fed up with what he called the "bacchanalian aspects."
"Each year it gets worse -- becomes more exaggerated, more expensive, more emotionally traumatic," he said.
"We are withdrawing from the battle and allowing the parents full responsibility. [Kellenberg] is willing to sponsor a prom, but not an orgy."

Haha, I am glad that somebody somewhere is willing to stand up and say that. I believe the "popular" culture is spinning out of control these days in schools, mainly because each year they try to out do the year before it.

1 comment:

hockeyfrog said...

I didn't even go to my senior prom... I was at a national speech contest for government... instead we had a dance in a mall food court with the other 50 states represented (well 49, and then Puerto Rico was there as well)... but my jr prom I bought a $20 dress and called it good. I know there was talk of having a thrift store prom also where you couldn't spend more than $30 on your outfit, but the idea never passed (imagine that, those that wanted to flaunt their money were the ones that turned down the idea).

Otherwise, yeah, it is stupid...what makes prom any better than homecoming or winterball? Other than only jrs an srs can go... nothing.