Students show up for prom that wasn’t
Dozens of tuxedo-clad and corsage-wearing teens from Bloomington High School traveled 40 miles to Santa Anita Park on Saturday, only to discover they hadn't been told that the date of the big night had changed.
"We thought it was a joke, OK, that's not funny," said student Selena Reyes. "When we get there, they tell us that we have to go back home and come back next weekend."
Instead of the enchanting evening they were expecting, people at the venue rushed to come up with a backup plan.
"They ended up opening up a hall, shoving all the kids in there with just regular tables. I heard that they were fed chicken strips that were cold," said Reyes' mother, Diana Gomez.
The San Bernardino County school's calendar and the prom invitations listed the event on April 27, but it was slated for May 4.
Principal Ignacio Cabrera says there was miscommunication with event planners.
"They can't make up for it," said student Marcus Vargas. "Everybody paid for that day to be all super fancy. They paid for party buses and limos and things like that. They're going to have to do something pretty amazing to make up for that."
A semi-formal substitute event is planned for May 18.
Critical thinking challenge: How could this problem have been avoided? What can be done now to make things “right” for students?
- Posted on May 1, 2013