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Board Approves School-Sponsored Prom

February 4, 1987

AMES, Okla. (AP) _ Students are kicking up their heels in anticipation of the first school- sponsored dance in this community.

The school board voted 3-2 Monday to allow a prom for the 29 juniors and seniors at Ames High School in May.

″Most of them are excited simply because they have never had one before,″ Keith Hardiman, a board member who favored the prom, said Tuesday. ″I think the young people in the high school will simply enjoy going to the dance and being together.″

Several parents told the board a junior and senior prom, properly chaperoned and supervised, would be a positive social event for the students. Others said a school-sponsored dance would lead to problems such as drinking and teen-age pregnancy.

Fred Detrick, a former Ames schoolteacher now in his 80s, said dancing is ″sinful, lustful and wrong.″

But several parents in this north-central Oklahoma community said school board members should not look at a school-supported prom as a subject for theological debate.

″Dancing and Christianity are separate issues,″ one woman told the panel.

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