Chicago-Area School Cancels THE PROM Over Concerns Of ‘Violence’ | #schoolsaftey

Students and alumni of an Algonquin, Illinois area High School are fighting to save a prom, but not the one you’re thinking of. They’ve taken to social media to try and save a canceled production of The Prom, a Broadway musical that told the story of Emma –  a student who makes waves in her small town for wanting to bring her girlfriend to their prom.

In social media posts and a petition circulating widely with 2200 signatures at the time of writing, the students and alumni allege the district has canceled the show because “the building is not ready to handle the amount of negative attention that would be put on the kids” for participating in the musical.

The petition notes “D300 Superintendent and the Director of EDI spoke to students on Friday, October 20th to explain their reasoning. HHS students showed up prepared and spoke intelligently and passionately about how this show allowed them to finally feel represented, sharing stories of how the community HAS supported them in the past and while there may be a loud minority that does not agree with the content of the show, it is important that the show goes on.”

“Despite the student’s objections, the representatives continue to reiterate that they were concerned about violence targeting the students in the show.”

BroadwayWorld reached out to the Superintendent and Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the district at the start of the business day, but did not hear back at press time.

This is not the first time a High School has faced backlash for canceling a production of The Prom. BroadwayWorld previously reported on similar events at Cedar Grove High School. Following public backlash, that production went on as originally planned.

A hearing where the public can comment is set for tomorrow (10/24) at 6:30 PM local time at the District’s Central Office.

BroadwayWorld will continue to follow this story.

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