July 14, 2011

To the Racine City Council:

My name is Aly Moon. I’m a student at Racine High School and attended the meeting for discussion about prom. I believe we should keep prom but fix the problems. We need to fix drunk driving, alcohol and drug abuse, and social differences.

Parents should watch their kids before they go to prom to make sure that no substances; liquid, powder, or leaf, is on them. At the dance you should have a teacher watching the punch and drinks to make sure no one spikes it, also testing the punch every once in a while would be a good idea. You should also hold a meeting for the parents explaining about what could happen to their children if they take these substances. Talk about the bad decisions and accidents like participating in crime, rape, and drunk driving

You can fix drunk driving by driving the students in coach buses. I know the fun is showing up in random vehicles but this would prevent injuries and death. If they drive when they are drunk they will likely end up in an accident where they die or are seriously injured. Plus if the students really need something cool they can change the bus into a float like thing. Use paper, sparkles, and tinsel. Make it fun.

We should change the prom stereotype and accept different stances of life. We should let anybody come with who ever they want. Gays and lesbians should be able to bring their significant others, and interracial couples should be able to come without being harassed by their peers or their school administrative board. Also people who don’t fit into the social norm should be able to show up at prom even without out dresses or tuxedos and enjoy it. The school could even hold a prom and an anti-prom, on different days of course so people can go to both if they want.

I believe that these solutions solve some of the problems mentioned at the meeting, though I don’t know how to fix Mr. Tommy’s threat about stained dresses and dead people. Prom should continue because even though it has problems, we can fix them.

Aly Moon

Elizabeth P.
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Elizabeth was born on December 2, 1995. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, in Des Plaines. She is currently 15 and is going into her sophomore year of high school. She enjoys reading and writing. She loved the Rockford Camp English class so much she came back to NIU for another week. Her hobbies are listening to music, dancing around, and all around being hyper. She loves writing papers, essays, and poems because her words seem to flow through her mind and pencil to the paper for others to read and enjoy.