This Illinois High School Randomly Assigns Students Their Prom Dates [VIDEO]
This high school in Illinois assigns prom dates the way other schools assign lockers.
With prom season warming up, high schoolers are locking down their prom dates, but everyone knows that isn't always the easiest task. Not only does it take courage, but thanks to social media, it sometimes requires creativity.
A Freeport, IL high school is taking a different approach to their prom night. Junior and senior boys are assigned their dates at random by drawing cards in a lottery style system.
While the boys meet in the gym to draw the names, the girls sit and wait in the library until they are chosen
When I first heard about this system, I initially figured the kids would hate it—especially if they had already had someone in mind or if they were dating someone who would be their natural choice.
But some kids say its not nearly as bad as it seems. Junior class advisor Michelle Gallagher told WREX the tradition promotes "camaraderie and unity among students."
I think most people are in disbelief, and a lot of people say they would hate it, but I think after they kind of hear the rest of the story and hear what goes into it, I think a lot of people are actually intrigued by it
While this totally eases the pressure for students when it comes to finding a date, there are still a few flaws in the system beyond the obvious ones I mentioned earlier.
For instance, what if one of the boys don't want to attend prom with a girl, or vice versa? What if someone ends up getting matched up with someone who they have an unpleasant history with? Could you imagine a student being paired up with an ex, or even worse—someone who bullied them?
What about the kids who would rather just go to prom alone, or with friends?
It should be noted that while many kids have no issue finding prom dates, many other high schoolers do deal with the anxiety of finding one, or the stress of whether or not they will be invited. With that said, is the "prom lottery" a good idea, or should kids be able to choose who they attend prom with—if they attend at all?
Would this concept have worked at your high school? How would you feel if your kid's school put this system into place?
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