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PROMS: Emphasising differences

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I was very angry upon reading the recent article about school proms, (News Post Leader, April 19).

The article was about the cost involved and the stress upon pupils and their parents to facilitate these proms.

This is an idea from America that took over our schools in order for some firms to make a fortune from catering to this idea.

We had end-of-year dances at senior school, but these proms take place in junior schools as well.

Our parents did not have the expense of stretch limos, hairdressers, beauticians, etc, and we still enjoyed the leaving do.

The lady in the article was asking members of the public to donate to the group she’s set up so pupils can go to the prom who couldn’t otherwise afford to. Surely the idea should be to put an end to these proms.

These are typical American, over the top events that emphasise the social differences in pupils and cause untold misery for some families.

Llyn Humes

East Hartford