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    Long Island School Cancels Prom

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    Long Island School Cancels Prom, Doesn't Want to Sponsor 'an Orgy'

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland (search) had heard all the stories about prom-night debauchery at his Long Island high school: Students putting down $10,000 to rent a party house in the Hamptons. Pre-prom cocktail parties followed by a trip to the dance in a liquor-loaded limo. Fathers chartering a boat for their children's late-night "booze cruise."

    Enough was enough, Hoagland said. So the principal of Kellenberg Memorial High School canceled the spring prom (search) in a 2,000-word letter to parents this fall.

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    thanks for posting that. What a unique stance. I have to say I am supportive of what the Brother did. Wow, a post party at the Hamptons? When I went to prom, I did my own hair, had a rather bland dress and a so-so time. None of this stuff that they're talking about. Maybe I missed out and cheated myself? Don't know, but $1,000 for prom activities seems like way too much $$$ and a burden for parents and students alike.

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    Gutsy guy! . These parents really need to rethink some of their values IMO.

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    I wish my school would cancel the prom. Last year my daughter was invited. Tickets were $90.00 per person add on the cost of her dress, his tuxedo, her hair, her nails, the limo, flowers. Most kids in my area rent hotel rooms in the hamptons or Manhattan or the Jersey shore for the weekend. I did not allow my daughter to do that, but she was only a sophomore at the time. I am dreading the battle I will face when she is a senior. Unfortunately, I am in the minority in my views. I think that this is a ridiculous expense, not to mention I don't agree with a bunch of kids sleeping together with no adults to supervise. It's a recipe for disaster. Don't even get me started on the idiot parents who provide alcoholic pre prom cocktail parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csds703
    I wish my school would cancel the prom. Last year my daughter was invited. Tickets were $90.00 per person add on the cost of her dress, his tuxedo, her hair, her nails, the limo, flowers. Most kids in my area rent hotel rooms in the hamptons or Manhattan or the Jersey shore for the weekend. I did not allow my daughter to do that, but she was only a sophomore at the time. I am dreading the battle I will face when she is a senior. Unfortunately, I am in the minority in my views. I think that this is a ridiculous expense, not to mention I don't agree with a bunch of kids sleeping together with no adults to supervise. It's a recipe for disaster. Don't even get me started on the idiot parents who provide alcoholic pre prom cocktail parties.
    I can relate to the expense. One year I had 3 going to the same prom $$$$$$$
    The kids around here do not get hotel rooms! I would never agree to that. Are you saying that the majority of parents support and pay for getting hotel rooms?! That's crazy!
    We have picture parties before prom, so all the parents can come and take pictures. But we don't serve alcohol!

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    Good for him. I just chaparoned our highschools homecoming dance. In the town I live in everything is done big. Homecoming here is like prom was when I was in school. I was shocked at the way some of the girls and how they were dressed. I also could not believe the way they danced. I can promise you if we had a few dads standing around with shotguns the boys would not dare dance with the girls the way they were.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBean
    I can relate to the expense. One year I had 3 going to the same prom $$$$$$$
    The kids around here do not get hotel rooms! I would never agree to that. Are you saying that the majority of parents support and pay for getting hotel rooms?! That's crazy!
    We have picture parties before prom, so all the parents can come and take pictures. But we don't serve alcohol!
    The parents have to sign releases saying they will be responsible for any damages. The whole situation makes me sick. The kids pack up all their suitcases and booze and drive their cars to the hotel early in the morning. They come back and get ready for prom etc then the limo takes them out there later. During prom they have to be straight or they will be kicked out and the limos will not serve alcohol or allow it. Too much liabilty for them. Once they get to their weekend destination, who knows what goes on. When I have discussed it with other parents they think I am being over protective.
    Maybe they should read this site!

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    Quote Originally Posted by csds703
    The parents have to sign releases saying they will be responsible for any damages. The whole situation makes me sick. The kids pack up all their suitcases and booze and drive their cars to the hotel early in the morning. They come back and get ready for prom etc then the limo takes them out there later. During prom they have to be straight or they will be kicked out and the limos will not serve alcohol or allow it. Too much liabilty for them. Once they get to their weekend destination, who knows what goes on. When I have discussed it with other parents they think I am being over protective.
    Maybe they should read this site!
    WOW! I thought that I lived in a permissive area. Overprotetctive? LOL! Try common sensical. After re reading your post, it really makes me sad that the parents condone this behavior. It's just unnatural for parents to support this behavior.They just aren't "parenting" Do they actually purchase the liquor for the kids? I turned one of our local parents in to the authorities for that.

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    Fran lives in my school district. Fran, did your kids get hotel rooms??

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    That is ridiculous, that parents would provide alcohol, to kids under 21. I have never done that. I don't get it. These parents can be held responsible for anything that happens to these children. Some of these parents want so bad to be known as the COOL parents, that they even party will them. STUPID


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    When one of my sons was a freshman in high school, some of the parents got a couple of adjoining rooms at a hotel so the kids could party, unchaperoned, on New Year's Eve. They also bought the beer for them. Their reasoning was that it would be safer to know where they were when they were drinking. When some of them found out my son wasn't allowed to go, they actually called me and told me I had to let him go as all of his friends would be there and he'd be mad at me. My thoughts were that if he got mad at me, so what, he'd get over it. These kids were just 14 and 15 years old!
    That night a lot of these parents were at the same party that my husband and I were at. The kids got busted and one by one, they got phone calls from the police to come pick up their kids. Someone told me I'd probably get the next call. I was able to smuggly say no, I wouldn't because my son was at home.

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    What's a prom?????

    So often times it happens that we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ...Eagles, "Already Gone"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maral
    When one of my sons was a freshman in high school, some of the parents got a couple of adjoining rooms at a hotel so the kids could party, unchaperoned, on New Year's Eve. They also bought the beer for them. Their reasoning was that it would be safer to know where they were when they were drinking. When some of them found out my son wasn't allowed to go, they actually called me and told me I had to let him go as all of his friends would be there and he'd be mad at me. My thoughts were that if he got mad at me, so what, he'd get over it. These kids were just 14 and 15 years old!
    That night a lot of these parents were at the same party that my husband and I were at. The kids got busted and one by one, they got phone calls from the police to come pick up their kids. Someone told me I'd probably get the next call. I was able to smuggly say no, I wouldn't because my son was at home.
    Good for you!!
    I am so glad that I never got into that trouble so that my mmother had a little less to worry about!! Lord knows she had enough to worry about in life without any additional worries!!
    Sounds like you and your husband did a mighty fine job.
    Parents don't need to give into the peer pressure of the adult kind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by poco
    What's a prom?????
    lmao ... poco, that cat is cracking me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maral
    When one of my sons was a freshman in high school, some of the parents got a couple of adjoining rooms at a hotel so the kids could party, unchaperoned, on New Year's Eve. They also bought the beer for them. Their reasoning was that it would be safer to know where they were when they were drinking. When some of them found out my son wasn't allowed to go, they actually called me and told me I had to let him go as all of his friends would be there and he'd be mad at me. My thoughts were that if he got mad at me, so what, he'd get over it. These kids were just 14 and 15 years old!
    That night a lot of these parents were at the same party that my husband and I were at. The kids got busted and one by one, they got phone calls from the police to come pick up their kids. Someone told me I'd probably get the next call. I was able to smuggly say no, I wouldn't because my son was at home.
    That just makes me nuts.
    I was in a similar situation with a parent supplying alcohol to a bunch of minors. I called the cops and turned the parents in. Criminal IMO.

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