Prom Spoiled By Flood

(06/03/2003)

Dear Editor,

For the first time in 12 years I am disappointed in our school system.

My daughter is a senior in high school this year; any parent with a senior in school knows this is their most exciting year since being in school. As most of you know May 10th was prom night. I contacted Mr. Offutt (High School Principal) around 2:00 in the afternoon so see if they were going to postpone the prom because of flooding. The response I received was unbelievable, "well the food is already prepared and the decorations are up,"

I don't know about everyone else but it sounded to me like food and decorations were more important then our children's safety.

This was my daughter's senior prom and was very important to her. The disasters began that afternoon when she tried to get to Spencer to get her hair done because of flooding in Arnoldsburg. By the time she got back to the house the creek around my home had risen considerably. By the time she got dressed and we got her hair done the waters had us trapped, the river was over the road at Russet and the creek was raging over the low water bridge on Big Run, there was no way out. I tried every back way I could think of but we always ran into high water. My daughter was so upset, I felt so helpless and I was very angry with the school for not rescheduling the most important night in our children's school years.

By the time the waters had went down she arrived at the prom at 11:15, most of the students had already left, a lot of them left early because of rising waters and they had stopped taking pictures around 9:00 p.m. So there we was stuck with an expensive dress, corsages, and a $50 rented tux that was worn for a 45-minute prom. The next day I spoke to some students who were lucky enough to get there.

I found out that most of the food they served could have been put back for Sunday or even kept for the next weekend. Although the school stated that attendance was high, I find this hard to believe considering the high water that was everywhere. I know some of the students had other places to go to get ready but my daughter did not, and I am sure she is not the only one.

The school system has let me down, and I am beginning to think that money is more important to them then our children. I have a 3rd grade daughter also and I am sorry to say that she will probably have to go thru the same disappointment with the school system.

I am considering moving out of Calhoun County because it is clear to me that our schools and certain residents do not have the communities best interest at heart. There will never be a future here because some just do not want change, so therefore there will be no jobs for our children, they won't even give our children a place for recreation, and we wonder why so many of our young children in our community are in so much trouble. We need a skating rink, or even a bowling alley, and a fast food restaurant where our children can go and hang out.

Don't get me wrong the Koffee Cup and the Grantsville Hotel and Restaurant are nice but some of our children cannot afford to go there every weekend. This is something for the future town council members to consider when they get into office. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Minnichs Florist for the beautiful corsages.

Sincerely,

Linda Thomas
Sand Ridge, WV