‘A little party never killed nobody’: Melba prom flyer is grounded swiftly

A flyer for a parent-run prom in Melba caused a swift social media backlash Wednesday.

Parents titled the April 17 event, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.”

The title — a reference to the novel “The Great Gatsby,” and the film adaption of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic — proved to be short-lived. The flyer was removed Wednesday after parents received a phone call from the school district, Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman reported.

Parent Chanell Astle, listed as a contact on the flyer, declined to say whether the event is canceled.

“It’s hard enough to give our kids some enjoyment this year and let them have a little fun,” Astle told Foy Wednesday. “It’s really disappointing as a parent when you try to do a good thing, but people turn it into a bad thing.”

Melba Junior-Senior High School is not hosting a prom this year, due to the pandemic, Foy reported.

As of Wednesday, the state has reported 174,378 coronavirus cases and 1,901 COVID-19 deaths. Melba Junior-Senior High School has reported four coronavirus cases this school year.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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