In Jerome, a tempest in a shot glass?

Is a shot glass an appropriate high school prom souvenir?

That question has played out in the Twin Falls Times-News over the past two days — after Jerome High School’s prom Saturday night.

The first-day story chronicled parental complaints and the district’s official reaction. District officials blamed a student group for making the change; a purchase order said mugs would be given out as souvenirs.

“I think maybe the students were a little sneaky,” School Board member Don Mitchell said. “The purchase order was reviewed by several adults, but I don’t think that it was represented to the adults really what was being purchased.”

Superintendent Dale Layne pledged that the matter would be investigated, and discussed at the April 23 board meeting.

But the second-day story told an entirely different tale, as parents and students contacted the paper to question what the big fuss was all about.

“They did hand out shot glasses to kids as they left to put their candy in,” Student Lyndzie Parker said in an email. “If you did not want one, you didn’t have to take one. … I have never had any alcohol and this didn’t all of a sudden spark a partying urge in me.”

It will be interesting to see who shows up at next week’s board meeting.


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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