Posted by Parent, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Dec 10, 2011 at 8:48 am
In response to the criticism about freaking being a problem, it is not the problem with the high school dances.
The reasons my kids won't go is because of the smoking, drugs, alcohol, breathalyzers, cops on campus, and the fact that none of their friends go. The dances tend to attract the people that my kids choose not to hang out with, that is why they don't go.
Posted by Concerned Parent, a member of the Gunn High School community, on Dec 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Not sure entirely about PALY dances but there are no drugs or alcohol problems at GUNN and there have not been any for quite some time. And the recent upscale in the enforcement of the dances by cops is entirely the result of the new Vice Principal Trinity Klein. She is under the impression that it makes all the students much more comfortable to see Security Guards everywhere you turn at GUNN dances. Before this year's Homecoming dance the security was not permitted inside of the dance on the dance floor, for many years dances have gone off without a hitch so there has been no need for the new show in force. If it makes your child/children uncomfortable be sure to voice their opinion to her so hopefully she will be convinced changes she has enacted are not the best for the community of students. (email@example.com)
Posted by Connor Ellmann, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Dec 12, 2011 at 5:32 pm
It was an official video. Gunn asked us to make a video explaining the rules for the dance, so that is what this promo is. I think I speak for a large majority of our student body when I say that so many rules have accumulated regarding the dances, that they are no longer the least bit fun. I believe that around fifty to sixty students attended the Winter Dance. Obviously students should not be drinking alcohol, or doing drugs before school events, but telling us how we can, and cannot dance is definitively having effect on how many people attend. Especially when only fifty students out of almost two thousand actually go.
Posted by Parent, a resident of another community, on Jan 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm
It must have been some video. Most comments in this forum defend it, and the video has been blocked. A low turnout for the dance cited in the preceding comment could be another response. Why aren't parents allowed to view it?