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Students’ behavior at dances raises concerns

Principals say they’ve heard rumors of alcohol, drugs; American Legion says security guards monitor events

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Tokay High School Principal Erik Sandstrom

“I don’t get the impression there is anyone inside who is monitoring anything at all. ... The impression kids leave me with is it’s (a) free-for-all.”

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am

Dances organized by high school students in Lodi have become a yearly ritual, attracting hundreds of teens, not only locally, but from schools in surrounding cities as well.

These dances are not affiliated with any school, but that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to rules and order. In many cases, parents chaperone and those in charge of the facilities where the dances are held hire security guards for the event.

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3 comments:

  • Jeff Hood posted at 1:57 pm on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Jeff Hood Posts: 28

    The Lodi Youth Commission also holds teen dances during the school year. These events have City staff and adult volunteers as chaperones to ensure they are alcohol-free and safe events, and have the high schools' support. LYC dances should not be confused with the dances referred to in this story. The City will not allow a teen dance in a City-owned or City-leased facility unless it is being held by the Youth Commission or by a City partner, such as the school district, because of a bad experience in 2011.
    Jeff Hood
    Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services Director

     
  • Simon Birch posted at 9:48 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 164 Staff

    Fixed. Thanks.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:27 am on Wed, Apr 23, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Shouldn't that read "Students' " and not "Student's"?

    Curious what the fee is to rent this hall and WHO is financing it. Is it just through individual entry fees? Or are a number of parents putting up the money?

     
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