Dade Students Must Take Pledge To Get Prom Tickets

MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s the night you never forget. It’s the culmination of four years of books, band practice and football games all celebrated in one night. It’s called prom night but for many students it’s a night to drink and sometimes get behind the wheel.

“A lot of kids do drink and drive and it causes a lot of accidents especially at prom because it’s that celebratory experience,” said BriAna Hartfield, a junior at Miami Jackson Senior High School.

This year Miami-Dade Schools Police are trying to make sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen. So they’ve teamed up with Trust Specialist and the Division of Alcohol, Beverages and Tobacco.

“One child drinking, driving and getting killed is too many,” said schools police Captain Manuel Arrebola.

To get their message across every student in Miami Dade County in the coming weeks will have to watch a special produced public service announcement showing them the consequences of drinking and driving. Also, any high school student in Miami Dade wants to buy a ticket to prom will have to take a pledge promising not to drink and drive on prom night.

“Something has to be done. I feel this is reaching out to juniors and seniors that will be participating in prom,” said James Jackson, a junior at Miami Jackson Senior High School.

Recently police even tested local grocery and liquor stores by sending teens inside to try and buy alcohol. If the store sold alcohol to the teen, the person who sold it would be arrested.

“Every time we go into a store to make a buy, half the time they’ll make a sale to a juvenile,” said Arrebola.

However, in their most recent test no store clerk or manager sold alcohol to the minors.

Police tell parents before their child steps out the door on prom night:

Discuss your child’s plans and set a curfew.
Encourage them to call you in unsafe situations.
Talk to the limo company about alcohol/drug policies.
Stay up until your child comes home.

With bright futures ahead of them, BriAna and James want to have many more fun nights like prom ahead of them.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Florida USA says:

    A lot of kids will drink themselves silly on Prom Night because they cannot bring the person they really care about. I am talking about a girl that likes girls or a boy that likes boys. Prom Night can be a nightmare for these kids. It is 2011 and our society is still alarmingly backwards in time. Love is love, but instead of allowing love to happen naturally, hatred is preached instead. Let these kids be and bring whomever they want. Judging is for closed minds. A mind is like a parachute: it serves a purpose only when it’s open.

    1. Senior says:

      uh, kids drinka dn do drugs because they are stupid and because they have such a small count of brain cells they think its cool. gays have nothing to do with this article, kids drink, and drive so they can go out to rent and room and get laid, wether u like it or not, it happens, so thats prom for you, and one more reason im not going to mine.

    2. jb says:

      First of all you need to get your facts straight. All the proms in Miami Dade County are open to all students who are eligable to attend prom regardless of their date preference. Futhermore there is a gay prom at the end of the year for students who either didn’t want to attend their prom or want to go to two proms. MDCPS is working to ease the tension for these students. Also this article is NOT about gay kids and prom – it’s about drinking and driving, and drug use. It is unfortunate that you are close minded and don’t seem to care about the straight kids. I care about all my students. And I find your close minded judgement of my school district to be ridiculous. Nobody is preaching hate. Were here were queer get used to it was a decade ago. Everyone’s used to it – it’s people like you who need to get used to it too.

      1. Florida USA says:

        Nobody is preaching hate? What era do you live in? If you were gay, then you would know gays are being discriminated. If you think everyone is “used to it” – try dressing in women’s clothes and go out on the streets. I have seen it happen – I wish you were right in every respect but your view is simplistic and unrealistic – it’s called “denial”.

  2. Lord Vanderhagen says:

    I disagree with your last statement. Parachutes are very handy when they are closed. For example, you can use them as traps. You can use them to drown enemies, you can use them to throw at your enemies. You can also use closed parachutes to sell on ebay since it would cost a fortune to ship an open parachute.

  3. GAIN AND AGAIN says:

    True, this is 2011, but parents whom neglect their children Should be Punished. Now, with the GAY Situation, AGAIN, It is up to the Parents to ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN what and how they do it.
    @Senior is very correct. It is not MANDATORY to attend anything in School. Drinking and driving is not correct, but lots of their parents do so. That is not a good example for the kids, the “Do as I say, not as I do!” days are over for many, even if their parents wnat their CHILDREN to act a particular way: Must parents “Just Give Birth, and expect Society to take over Raising Their children.”

  4. DOMINGO says:

    NO MATTER WHAT YOU TELL THE KIDS NOT TO DO DRUGS DRINK OUT WHAT EVER THEY WILL TRY IT CAUSE OF OTHER KIDS TELLING THEM TRY IT NO MATTER WHAT WE DO AND WHAT EVER PLEAGE THEY MAKE COME PROME NIGHT KIDS WILL DRINK AT WILL DIE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A CAR OR BY SOMEONE ELSE STUPIT DECITION TO DRINK AND GET IN A CAR SOME POOR FAMILY WILL PAY THE PRICE WITH LOOSING ONE OF THERE KIDS THESE PROME YEAR THAT WHAT ALL THESE KIDS DONT GET IT NO MATTER HOW MANNY TIMES YOU TALK TO THEM SOME OF THEM WILL NOT LISENT TO A WORD NAD DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING SO WITH IN MIND I PRAY TO GOD TO OPEN THERE MIND AND EYES AND HAVE A SAFE PROME NIGHT IS TO HAVE FUN NOT GET KILL IS A NIGHT TO REMENBER THE FUN TIMES WITH YOUR FRIENDS NOT THE FUNERAL YOU WIILL BE GOING TO

    1. Florida USA says:

      Kids will do what they will do. There is no stopping them.

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