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tired

Wichita, KS

#1 Sep 29, 2012
I heard that the high school homecoming dance was a total upset to the students. They all went out and protested, blaring their car radios, and trying to actually have fun. The school is being way to strict about the music. The kids don't want to listen to 80's and 90's music. They wanna listen to the music they know and like. My daughters first ever home coming dance was a terrible experience for her. She did not have fun by any means. A lot of her friends had a bad time to.
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Independence, KS

#2 Sep 29, 2012
tired wrote:
I heard that the high school homecoming dance was a total upset to the students. They all went out and protested, blaring their car radios, and trying to actually have fun. The school is being way to strict about the music. The kids don't want to listen to 80's and 90's music. They wanna listen to the music they know and like. My daughters first ever home coming dance was a terrible experience for her. She did not have fun by any means. A lot of her friends had a bad time to.
Whom was in charge of planning this event? The school district? Parents? Others?
Oldie

Independence, KS

#3 Sep 29, 2012
They should have played 50's music!! lol
horny toad

Coffeyville, KS

#4 Sep 29, 2012
tired wrote:
I heard that the high school homecoming dance was a total upset to the students. They all went out and protested, blaring their car radios, and trying to actually have fun. The school is being way to strict about the music. The kids don't want to listen to 80's and 90's music. They wanna listen to the music they know and like. My daughters first ever home coming dance was a terrible experience for her. She did not have fun by any means. A lot of her friends had a bad time to.
Spoiled rotten kids, should be glad they had a dance.
very concerned parent

Independence, KS

#5 Sep 29, 2012
I also was inforfed the school used a breath alcohol analyzer and made every kid entering blow in it.. This is not a police state!!!!!!! I'm POed!!!!!!

I would have never allowed my child to attend had I known this was a requirement!!!
Spoiled Kids and Parents

Independence, KS

#6 Sep 29, 2012
As someone who's worked A LOT on school events for students, let me tell it like it is.

First, there are two types of parents. The ones that work their bottoms off so they can try to give students the nicest time possible, and the ones that don't do anything but complain about what they and their kids didn't like about the event once it's all over.

THE PARENTS WHO VOLUNTEER TO ORGANIZE/SEE THE EVENT THROUGH:
Spend hours of time outside their work day, in committee meetings, calling or meeting with people providing things/volunteering for the event, running all over the place trying to find all sorts of things to make the event look/be nice, spending their own money on gas and other things related to the event, decorating for the event, double-checking everything at the last minute to make sure everything's in place, attending and managing the event, cleaning up after the event, paying any last bills associated with the event, trying to address any problems that occurred during the event so the problems won't happen again, missing hours of time with their own family doing all of the above, and on, and on, and on.

THE PARENTS WHO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING: Listen to their spoiled rotten kids gripe about everything and, instead of telling their spoiled rotten kids THEY SHOULD BE THANKFUL someone was willing to do all the hard work to put the event on, jump on the same band wagon as their spoiled kids and gripe, too. They are no better than their spoiled rotten kids. We have unappreciative parents who feel entitled, raising unappreciative kids to be entitled, which results in all sorts of problems in our homes, our schools, our society, etc.

Furthermore, as a parent, I WOULD NOT want some of today's music with its vulgar language, drug and sex-laced lyrics, degradation to women, violence etc. played anywhere near my teenager. Perhaps the people putting together this event realized there were parents like me, so rather than to run the possibility of getting sued, they chose a safer, more rational path.

My suggestion for those of you thankless, rude parents and your spoiled rotten kids who didn't like the way the homecoming dance came down, would be for YOU to either volunteer to do next year's dance OR organize your own dance. That way, you would not only see the tremendous amount of work involved and perhaps be more appreciative in the future, but also could play whatever vulgar music you wanted.

SHAME ON YOUR CHILDREN, BUT MORE SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT BEING A BETTER AND MORE BENEFICIAL ROLE MODEL FOR THEM.
True

Independence, KS

#7 Sep 29, 2012
Just like the Easter Egg Hunt: A group of people spends a lot of their own spare time getting it together. What happens? Someone takes their kids to the hunt, lets their kids participate in the hunt, takes home a bunch of candy from the hunt, and then gets on Topix and complains about the hunt. If I were the people putting it on, I'd say to heck with it and let those unthankful parents put it on and pay for it.
really westar?

Saint Louis, MO

#8 Sep 29, 2012
very concerned parent wrote:
I also was inforfed the school used a breath alcohol analyzer and made every kid entering blow in it.. This is not a police state!!!!!!! I'm POed!!!!!!

I would have never allowed my child to attend had I known this was a requirement!!!
They have done this for years now. And they do it at prom too. Just be prepared :)
Another response

Independence, KS

#9 Sep 29, 2012
Well, my grandkid's Mom has worked her butt off helping the booster club and the after prom fund raisers,etc., and her child told me this afternoon that the dance wasn't much fun, because they couldn't dance to the music they liked, only the songs that principal Mitch had approved. That's all I know about it.
Duh

Independence, KS

#10 Sep 29, 2012
very concerned parent wrote:
I also was inforfed the school used a breath alcohol analyzer and made every kid entering blow in it.. This is not a police state!!!!!!! I'm POed!!!!!!
I would have never allowed my child to attend had I known this was a requirement!!!
Yeah...shame on those cops for trying to save kids' life by making them take a breathalyzer test. They had no right trying to insure the safety of students by doing such a unthinkable thing. It would have been much better to let kids under the influence do whatever they wanted, go wherever they wanted, drive wherever they wanted regardless of the consequences. Someone needs to take this horrendous situation straight to the Supreme Court.

Seriously?!?!?!?!? Why don't you and the person complaining about the homecoming dance get together for a couple of beers? It sounds like you two have a lot in common, namely b*tching about things you should be grateful for.
Duh

Independence, KS

#11 Sep 29, 2012
Another response wrote:
Well, my grandkid's Mom has worked her butt off helping the booster club and the after prom fund raisers,etc., and her child told me this afternoon that the dance wasn't much fun, because they couldn't dance to the music they liked, only the songs that principal Mitch had approved. That's all I know about it.
Yeah, probably because some of the music they liked was full of profanity and sex. Ever consider that not all parents want their kids listening to that crap?
Disgusted

Independence, KS

#12 Sep 29, 2012
very concerned parent wrote:
I also was inforfed the school used a breath alcohol analyzer and made every kid entering blow in it.. This is not a police state!!!!!!! I'm POed!!!!!!
I would have never allowed my child to attend had I known this was a requirement!!!
Bet your one of those "concerned parents" who if something alcohol-related happened to your kid, you'd be screaming at the top of your lungs that the school district, the principal, the city, the cops and everyone else should have given everyone at the dance breath alcohol tests. By the way, how concerned are you when you complain about actions meant to protect your child's life? That's confusing.
Bravo

Wichita, KS

#13 Sep 29, 2012
Spoiled Kids and Parents wrote:
As someone who's worked A LOT on school events for students, let me tell it like it is.
First, there are two types of parents. The ones that work their bottoms off so they can try to give students the nicest time possible, and the ones that don't do anything but complain about what they and their kids didn't like about the event once it's all over.
THE PARENTS WHO VOLUNTEER TO ORGANIZE/SEE THE EVENT THROUGH:
Spend hours of time outside their work day, in committee meetings, calling or meeting with people providing things/volunteering for the event, running all over the place trying to find all sorts of things to make the event look/be nice, spending their own money on gas and other things related to the event, decorating for the event, double-checking everything at the last minute to make sure everything's in place, attending and managing the event, cleaning up after the event, paying any last bills associated with the event, trying to address any problems that occurred during the event so the problems won't happen again, missing hours of time with their own family doing all of the above, and on, and on, and on.
THE PARENTS WHO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING: Listen to their spoiled rotten kids gripe about everything and, instead of telling their spoiled rotten kids THEY SHOULD BE THANKFUL someone was willing to do all the hard work to put the event on, jump on the same band wagon as their spoiled kids and gripe, too. They are no better than their spoiled rotten kids. We have unappreciative parents who feel entitled, raising unappreciative kids to be entitled, which results in all sorts of problems in our homes, our schools, our society, etc.
Furthermore, as a parent, I WOULD NOT want some of today's music with its vulgar language, drug and sex-laced lyrics, degradation to women, violence etc. played anywhere near my teenager. Perhaps the people putting together this event realized there were parents like me, so rather than to run the possibility of getting sued, they chose a safer, more rational path.
My suggestion for those of you thankless, rude parents and your spoiled rotten kids who didn't like the way the homecoming dance came down, would be for YOU to either volunteer to do next year's dance OR organize your own dance. That way, you would not only see the tremendous amount of work involved and perhaps be more appreciative in the future, but also could play whatever vulgar music you wanted.
SHAME ON YOUR CHILDREN, BUT MORE SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT BEING A BETTER AND MORE BENEFICIAL ROLE MODEL FOR THEM.
This is the BEST post I have seen in months! Thanks for writing it!
like TF

Parsons, KS

#14 Sep 30, 2012
Your kid prolly never even been to a school dance, you prolly never been involved in anything cause your kids were lame. stfu and move on somewhere. the school dances were lame when i went there, it sucked. and there is NO PLANNING OR ORGANIZING done, they move the chairs and tables outta the way in the cafeteria, which the janitors do everyday anyway. so before u go running your damn mouth, get your facts straight, kthanksbye.
Spoiled Kids and Parents wrote:
As someone who's worked A LOT on school events for students, let me tell it like it is.
First, there are two types of parents. The ones that work their bottoms off so they can try to give students the nicest time possible, and the ones that don't do anything but complain about what they and their kids didn't like about the event once it's all over.
THE PARENTS WHO VOLUNTEER TO ORGANIZE/SEE THE EVENT THROUGH:
Spend hours of time outside their work day, in committee meetings, calling or meeting with people providing things/volunteering for the event, running all over the place trying to find all sorts of things to make the event look/be nice, spending their own money on gas and other things related to the event, decorating for the event, double-checking everything at the last minute to make sure everything's in place, attending and managing the event, cleaning up after the event, paying any last bills associated with the event, trying to address any problems that occurred during the event so the problems won't happen again, missing hours of time with their own family doing all of the above, and on, and on, and on.
THE PARENTS WHO DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING: Listen to their spoiled rotten kids gripe about everything and, instead of telling their spoiled rotten kids THEY SHOULD BE THANKFUL someone was willing to do all the hard work to put the event on, jump on the same band wagon as their spoiled kids and gripe, too. They are no better than their spoiled rotten kids. We have unappreciative parents who feel entitled, raising unappreciative kids to be entitled, which results in all sorts of problems in our homes, our schools, our society, etc.
Furthermore, as a parent, I WOULD NOT want some of today's music with its vulgar language, drug and sex-laced lyrics, degradation to women, violence etc. played anywhere near my teenager. Perhaps the people putting together this event realized there were parents like me, so rather than to run the possibility of getting sued, they chose a safer, more rational path.
My suggestion for those of you thankless, rude parents and your spoiled rotten kids who didn't like the way the homecoming dance came down, would be for YOU to either volunteer to do next year's dance OR organize your own dance. That way, you would not only see the tremendous amount of work involved and perhaps be more appreciative in the future, but also could play whatever vulgar music you wanted.
SHAME ON YOUR CHILDREN, BUT MORE SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT BEING A BETTER AND MORE BENEFICIAL ROLE MODEL FOR THEM.
Sorry

Lawrence, KS

#15 Sep 30, 2012
like TF wrote:
Your kid prolly never even been to a school dance, you prolly never been involved in anything cause your kids were lame. stfu and move on somewhere. the school dances were lame when i went there, it sucked. and there is NO PLANNING OR ORGANIZING done, they move the chairs and tables outta the way in the cafeteria, which the janitors do everyday anyway. so before u go running your damn mouth, get your facts straight, kthanksbye.
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Perhaps if you had graduated, you would have remembered better experiences.
Spoiled Kids and Parents

Independence, KS

#16 Sep 30, 2012
like TF wrote:
Your kid prolly never even been to a school dance, you prolly never been involved in anything cause your kids were lame. stfu and move on somewhere. the school dances were lame when i went there, it sucked. and there is NO PLANNING OR ORGANIZING done, they move the chairs and tables outta the way in the cafeteria, which the janitors do everyday anyway. so before u go running your damn mouth, get your facts straight, kthanksbye.
<quoted text>
If you think there is "no planning or orgainizing" for an event like a dance, you are 100% wrong. There's ALWAYS some advanced planning for ANY event of that nature. I DO HAVE MY FACTS STRAIGHT, but it is abundantly clear you have neither YOUR facts or spelling skills straight.
Junior Class

Derby, KS

#17 Sep 30, 2012
The junior class puts on the homecoming dance to help raise money for the prom. The breath test is a common occurance at all school dances, even the prom. WE do not want some drunk-ass kid ruining it for the rest of us. We know the DJ was not that good. But we know who not to call for prom. Mose has done the DJ-ing in the past few years, but he has sold all of his equipment and no longer is available.
Lt Dan

Independence, KS

#18 Sep 30, 2012
very concerned parent wrote:
I also was inforfed the school used a breath alcohol analyzer and made every kid entering blow in it.. This is not a police state!!!!!!! I'm POed!!!!!!
I would have never allowed my child to attend had I known this was a requirement!!!
So it was your kid who got kicked out for being drunk and blew a .18%?
Rational parent

United States

#19 Sep 30, 2012
First, I want to say I appreciate all the work that went into planning this function. I know the level of dedication required. I will say, however, that I've heard from many of the students the dance was a huge disappointment because of the song choices. The DJ played music the kids didn't even know, from a Playlist that was provided by the school?? There are plenty of current songs that are popular without degrading or nasty lyrics. There are "clean" versions of songs that replace curse words. Perhaps we need to think of ways to give the students some responsibility over their own functions. Outline requirements for song choices, have them submit suggestions, have a panel of interested parents screen the suggestions based on the guidelines to compile a playlist. It may be a little more work, but I think the kids would rather have dance music than decorations. It also beats them all leaving a supervised dance to put in one of their own near the stadium.
very concerned parent

Independence, KS

#20 Sep 30, 2012
I see more cry babies complaining about the function complainers, than there are function complainers! Typical!

I also was NOT complaining about the dance, only the fact they are herding children through an alcohol breathalyzer test with NO reasonable suspicion of them having consumed an alcoholic beverage, I also see them administering a "police" level test to children without parental permission, I also see them screening children in the NON PRIVACY of other children, and adults! AND YES I DO have a problem with that......

When Police administer alcohol tests to drivers, I believe they have to have a reasonable suspicion of a drunk driver, then prior to the alcohol screen test, they perform a field sobriety test, if the driver fails that, then they administer a breathalyzer.

Now about the homecoming dance, It is a function put on by most schools through out the US, it is an event, usually followed by a dance to welcome back alumni, and students.. The dance is for the children, to help them be/stay/get involved, and perhaps keep them away from a drunken party. Don't you think they should want to enjoy it? Maybe the organizers could be a bit more creative next time, get some pre involvment from maybe the class president, or the kids.
Lose the gestapo i'm going to catch you doing something wrong attitude.

Also, NO, it was not my child that was inebriated
at the dance. BUT, I believe if a child was at the dance with a .018 blood/alcohol level it wouldn't take a breathalyzer test to determine he/she'd been drinking.
Is it really fair/legal/constitutional to test 350 innocent kids to catch one that likely would have got caught anyway??? I say no!!!

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