Homecoming Dance 2010 Wrap-Up

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In an effort to tamp down some lingering questions posted in the comments section made in the very popular post Homecoming Dance Comes to Grind, I called the school for specific answers.

Dr. John Kronour, Tipp City School Superintendent responded to my call and provided the content for the following answers.

Q. How Many Students Attended the Homecoming Dance?

A. 693. Each student received a wristband in exchange for the ($8) admission fee. The wristbands were sold before the day of the dance, so it is possible for someone to give the wristband (and access to the dance) to someone else. There is no check-in procedure due to the number of students all arriving at the same time, however we may look at this in the future. When I arrived at the dance, there were still between 100-200 students there dancing and having a good time.

Q. Was marijuana found in the boys restroom?

A. Nothing that was brought to my attention, and I am confident that if something was reported to a teacher or principal, I would know about it. There was blood found on the floor of the girls bathroom. Many of the female students take their shoes off when they get there, and one reported to have received a cut from one of the homecoming props.

Q. Was there a communication that went out to parents regarding “inappropriate dancing” prior to the homecoming dance?

A. No. Principal Chuck Wray communicated to students on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday over the announcements that any inappropriate types of dancing will not be tolerated, and that you can be removed from the dance if found doing so. Also, as reported in today’s communication from the school district, Principal Wray shut the music off at the beginning of the dance, to reiterate to all students that any students engaging in inappropriate dancing will be removed. We will look at many things, including parental communication as a way to deal with this activity in the future.

Q. Are you sure that students knew what dance moves were considered “inappropriate”?

A. Yes, from the detailed descriptions provided by Chuck and Brian (Wray/Honeycutt), the students absolutely would have known that their behavior was inappropriate, many of them were also provided with warnings. We all (teachers, administrators) want the students to have a fun and safe time at the homecoming dance. No one wanted the majority of the students to voluntarily leave the dance.

Q. That brings me to the DJ. Is this the same DJ as in prior years?

A. Yes, school administration and student senate were involved in the planning with the DJ.

Q. Did you review the song lists? Were song selections censored?

A. Student senate reviewed a list, and maybe we need to do a better job of that. Principal Wray did request that the DJ “mix it up” (play both Rap and non-Rap songs).

Editor Note: Radio edits were used of the popular Rap songs, however just like the song “Mony, Mony”.. everyone knows the unspoken lyrics

Q. Was there any thought to student safety who were thought (by parents) to be attending a supervised school event until 11PM, who were either ejected or voluntarily left at 9PM?

A. When I was Principal of Oakwood’s Jr. High School (a district that is significantly smaller than Tipp City) it was easy to call parents of students who were released from a school function, however this was impossible for the 40 students who were released for inappropriate dancing on Saturday. Additionally, there was no way for Principal Wray to contact the parents of those that left the dance voluntarily, as no list of dance attendees is kept. We did speak about this problem at our morning meeting and will have to look at how to handle this in the future.

Q. Some schools have policies for dances regarding attire, attendance and dance styles. Will you consider this?

A. We will be looking at recommendations being made by parents but mostly from students. The student senate can help us to identify ways to encourage responsible, respectful dance behavior that can be embraced by the student body.

Q. Principal Wray mentioned parents being chaperones at dances. Do you support this?

A. Yes, students are less likely to misbehave if they know that a parent that knows them may tell their mom or dad about their inappropriate actions. Or even worse, confront them about it in front of their friends.

Q. We (TippNews DAILY) have received several (8) concerned calls from parents and hundreds of posts from both students and parents.

A. I have not received one call today from a parent (but I do have one parent to call back) regarding the incidents surrounding homecoming. I have received several emails, all in support of the actions made by Principal Wray.

Thank you Dr. Kronour for your time and for helping clarify the events that occurred on Saturday night. It was clear from our discussion that the Administration is certainly concerned about the events from Saturday night and that it is going to rely heavily on students to not only control themselves at future events, but also make changes to the events that allow them to remain entertaining while still following the standards of decorum as defined in the school handbook.

Editor’s Note: Corrected Dr. Kronour’s position while at Oakwood

8 COMMENTS

  1. Please remember – press releases and interviews given by school officials are well thought out statements given by professionals and probably contain some degree of “damage control.”

    • The questions were taken from the comments made within TippNews DAILY by parents and students. The responses were all of the details that Dr. Kronour has at the current time. There is every indication that more information will come from meeting with the school board, his staff and student senate.

  2. I find it ratherr funny that Mr Wray had no way to contact the parents of the students that attended the dance. But we all received a One Call the next day. Maybe that One Call should have been received by parents at the time. Then the parents would have an idea of where our children are. Here is a question for all? If you had a freshman student there, and she got removed and something happened to her. What would the school do about that? Would they be held responsible!!

    • Of course not, the school cannot be held responsible for anything. They can do anything they want and get away with it, it is a "big boys club" there. If you have a concern, they give you a politically correct answer (which I am sure is on flash cards in Kronour's office) and they expect you to go away. They defend any action made by the teachers, coaches or office staff even if it is totally out of line. No one can think for themselves.

  3. If my daughter were a freshman and got asked to leave I would 1. expect her to use her cell phone to call me, (as my Senior did) 2. understand that she was on school property and there is certain conduct that is acceptable and must follow the directions of the adults (as my junior did). I think you would find it very hard to find a single child there without use (theirs or a friends) cell phone. I would also expect her/ his date to be responsible as well.

  4. It was totally irresponsible for Principal Wray to eject students from the dance without notifying the parents in advance. Who does he think is responsible for these teenagers? After the testosterone wore off, you can bet Principal Wray breathed a sigh of relief that no ejected students were injured or killed that evening. I suppose we will find out in nine months how "worked up" the ejected students were and if this incident will result in a teen baby boom.

  5. One positive I"ve seen from this whole issue is how it has opened up the lines of communications between our children, parents, and our school officials. What a great topic of conversation it has provided, at least in my home. I see both sides of the issue and I think we can all agree that things could have been handled better by both the administration and the students. You know as well as I do that when you let your emotions influence your decisions, the outcome is not going to be what you expect. I'm not surprised by the way the students reacted! According to my son, if Mr. Wray and Honeycutt would have
    taken a different approach, things might have turned out differently. Pulling kids randomly from the floor and kicking them out without giving them a chance to answer for their actions was rediculous. Thankfully, (the students that chose to leave) knowone was hurt. It's a shame that the students will remember their Homecoming Dance this way. Lets be grown-ups and within reason, let our kids be kids. Hopefully, we all learn a lesson from this one?

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