By J1 Reporter Ella Meis
Prom is an event for students to have fun in a carefree environment with friends. It can be one of the most memorable events of the school year and gives girls a reason to show off their fashionable bargains.
Although the main focus is to have fun, being alert and aware of your surroundings is always necessary. You never know when something bad can happen, therefore, being aware is extremely important. The buddy system should always be in use, whether you’re going to the bathroom or just getting a water. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, David Lisak, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, says, “A predator is looking for the most vulnerable prey. The most vulnerable prey, whether wild animals or chicks out for a good time on Saturday night, is the creature who wandered away from the pack.” Even if it’s just walking down the hall to the bathroom during the dance, have a buddy with you at all times.
On April 27, Marian will be taking various precautions in making sure everyone is safe during prom. One of the school’s precautions include hiring two security guards who will ensure that everyone is secure. There will also be chaperones roaming the dance floor at The Scoular Ballroom to make sure nothing gets out of hand. In addition, the chaperones will be using breathalyzers throughout the dance. Those handy-dandy machines may seem like they aren’t helping anyone or anything, but they are. Keeping people safe is the top priority and Marian does not want any anyone to feel unsafe on the night of prom. Theology teacher, Mrs. Lori Spanbauer, the chair of the prom committee, says, “Trust your inner gut and instincts.”
The last thing anybody wants to worry about on prom night is being pressured into doing things they may not want to do. Facing peer pressure is not pleasant, especially when the people closest to you are causing the problem. If you ever feel unsafe, call someone you know who will guide you through the situation. According to Spanbauer, “Stay in groups, steer clear of alcohol and avoid getting yourself into positions where no one is looking out for you.” The main goal of prom is to have fun but staying safe should also be a priority.
Post Prom is designed to provide a safe alternative to partying and drinking. It goes from 12:00 to 2:30 a.m. on April 28. Marian itself will be host to the after-party. There will be casino games, a hypnotist, snacks, a bounce house, and exciting prizes. The best part is that it’s free! Therefore, if you want a night of fun without feeling unsafe, make sure to check your email and print off a sign-up sheet for Post Prom!