Melissa Patterson, Fargo, Published April 08 2013
Letter: Organization of Davies High prom was a full-on train wreckThe young men and women who took part in the Davies High School prom all looked amazing and the prom committee did a wonderful job of decorating for the event.
In regard to the organization and planning, there were nowhere near enough seats to hold the incredibly large number of people who came to be part of what should have been a memorable night for all those in attendance. Aside from the seating, the total lack of respect shown to the students participating in the Grand March as well as the proud parents attempting to capture the night on film was unspeakable.
The emcee who began the ceremony clearly and audibly asked that all remain in their seats until the conclusion of the event and was forced to stop again midway to ask that those walking around and exiting please have the courtesy to remain seated, as the constant flow of traffic was not only a distraction, it also interfered with those attempting to take pictures. I am certain the mom sitting next to me has a camera full of unknown persons’ heads and backsides, and I can only hope she was able to capture at least one memorable piece of her child’s moment.
As the mother of a graduate, I know the amount of money, time and effort these young people put forth in looking their best, and to have fully grown adults take away from that by being incredibly disrespectful to the small request made by the emcee leaves me only able to shake my head.
The staff at Davies must take this train wreck of an event, go back to the drawing board and make some serious changes for next year’s venue. To those parents who think that the request was not meant for them and that their pictures were more important than the other family members in attendance, please take a moment to remember children learn by example and you as a parent are the primary source for that. If you cannot pay respect to others yet expect it of your own children, it may be time to have a serious look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are part of the young people’s struggles today.