Admin. Ends After Prom Lock-in
by Rachael Allen on Friday, November 11th, 2011
Locking students in school gymnasiums, houses, or, in Milton’s case, the students’ common space is a typical way that high schools ensure the safety of their students after prom. These after-prom lock-ins prevent the students from engaging in harmful and even life threatening activities, especially driving while intoxicated. However, despite the success of these lock-ins in years past, there will be no after-prom lock-in for Milton’s 2012 senior prom.
“This fall, after considering input from many constituencies,” Mr. Ball stated, ” the relevant administrators concluded that we will not include a mandatory overnight component in the 2012 prom.”
Last Thursday, November 3, Ms. Johnson announced to the senior class that although there will not be the traditional overnight component to the prom, there will still be a time for signing yearbooks and hanging out.
Ten years ago, Milton restructured prom by adding the lock-in and requiring that students take school transportation to and from the prom. Mr. Ball said, “This set of changes reflected our concern for student safety, and we will retain many of these decade-old reforms, notably those regarding transportation.”
Though the SGA was not very involved in the making of this decision, Class I students have been told to bring forth any ideas they have about a small after-prom party to class counselors, deans, Mr. Johnson, or Mr. Ball.
While many students will be overjoyed about the removal of the post-prom lock-in, this change eliminates one of the seniors’ last chance to bond as a class before leaving for college. As Phoebe Bodkin said, “I’m mildly torn because having a big ‘hang sesh’ with our grade for one last time before we graduate could be really nice. But I definitely prefer to not be forced to stay.”
For better or for worse, no one will be sleeping in the student center after prom this year.
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