Prom Nigh, Safe and Sober

The New York Times, Westchester Weekly
June 20, 2004

To the Editor:

Re “The Chaperones, Telling the Uncorsaged Truth” (June 13):

As you point out, the costs of going to a high school prom remain high while the threat of under-age drinking continues to plague Westchester County.

Many high schools, including Rye Country Day, have wisely adopted new policies prohibiting students from taking limos to prom. Instead, coach buses are hired, and all students who want to attend the prom must take this mode of transportation.

While students at first were unhappy with the change, the advantages now — including the elimination of competition for the most extravagant and costly ride to the prom and an ability to keep close tabs on all in attendance — seem to outweigh the drawbacks.

Perhaps other county schools should consider similar policies.


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