WANAQUE, N.J. (CBS Newspath/WABC) — A high school in New Jersey is doing away with some of the pomp and circumstance of prom night by banning seniors from renting limousines or party buses for the annual event.
The district says it is in the interest of safety, but some students at Lakeland Regional High School are not happy with the decision.
Many seniors say while they understand school administrators’ concerns, this is their one and only senior prom.
“Of course they’re trying to keep us safe because that’s what school administrators are supposed to be doing, but I just think it’s not fair,” said Britney Tomasella, the senior class vice president, Lakeland Regional High School.
The school district says making sure the students arrive and return from the prom venue is their main concern so they will provide transportation for all students.
The Rockleigh Country Club is 45 minutes away and the district decided it’s safer to hire buses to pick up and drop off students at the school.
“This way we have a little more control over what’s going on and we make sure that the prom, which is 45 minutes away from our campus, we make sure our students can get to it there and back here safely,” said Hugh Beattie Superintendent of Schools at Lakeland Regional High School District.
Not only that, school officials say they believe it’s important to be sensitive to certain students whose socio-economic situation puts them at a disadvantage to others.
The district said it has had no near-tragedies that made them change their plans, but recent fatal limo and party bus accidents around the area did contribute to their decision.
Seniors are still hoping for a chance at a happy medium and another meeting is set for March.