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Kartheek Karna, Fargo, Published April 19 2012

Clearing up several misconceptions about initiation of prom dress story

I am Anjali Karna’s dad. I have been reading stories and letters about the April 13 article on Anjali missing prom, and I wanted to clear up some of the misconceptions.

First of all, Anjali did not initiate this story. I did because I felt outraged when I heard reports that exceptions were being made to what I understood to be a zero tolerance policy by the school regarding detentions and prom. My daughter knew she made a mistake and fully understood and accepted the consequences. She wanted none of this publicity.

Also, she earned the money she wanted to spend on prom. More importantly, Anjali is a good student and has her priorities right. There is nothing wrong with a student looking forward to going to prom. Anjali was on the honor roll with a 3+ GPA last quarter; she plans on going to college this fall and has an excellent ACT score.

I honestly don’t know where comments about her priorities are coming from. Nationally, the average prom cost for dress, shoes, makeup, hairdo, etc. costs much more than $700. One could argue that the pressure put on teens on prom dresses, etc., is something we have created as a society over time, right or wrong.

The biggest disappointment for us as a family was that my wife could not enjoy my daughter’s junior prom last year due to health reasons and was looking forward to it this year.

Again, this is a personal disappointment and in no way do I attribute this to the school. In fact, I strongly support the school in its policies and highly respect the jobs our teachers do.

By the way, thank you to The Forum for publishing a fair and accurate article on the issue.