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.