High school votes for 'communism-themed' prom

High school seniors at an Albuquerque school have voted to make the theme of their prom "Communism." Naturally, a lot of people are up in arms about it - which is exactly what these smart aleks wanted.

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They’re calling it “prom-munism.” Seniors at an Albuquerque school want their prom to have a Communism theme. Seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School near I-25 and Paseo del Norte voted online this week for the theme of their prom this year.

“They wanted prom-munism, so that’s what got voted for the most,” said senior Sarah Zachary.

She voted for “A Night in the Reef,” because the prom is expected to take place at the Albuquerque Aquarium on April 25.

“We have a lot of jokesters in our grade, so they wanted it to be funny and a lot of them are really intense with politics,” Zachary said.

However, students who asked to remain anonymous don’t believe Communism is a joking matter.

“I would hope Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom,” one student wrote.

Another said, “While the seniors meant no harm in their choice of theme, it is not appropriate.”

“Our students are in the International Baccalaureate program, so they are very academically focused,” said Sam Obenshain, executive director at Cottonwood. “One of the classes they enjoy the most is a world history class.”

Obenshain said, despite the vote, this is not a done deal. He said he plans to talk with the students about it next week.

“We want to make sure we honor the students’ voices but at the same time we use this as a learning experience for them,” Obenshain said.

At this point, he and many students aren’t even quite sure what “prom-munism” is supposed to look like.

“I honestly don’t think it’s that funny,” said Cole Page, a sophomore.

The fact that they're calling it "prom-munism" is a pretty clear signal that the whole thing is a tongue-in-cheek means to get attention. Kids will be kids, I guess, but suppose one of their fellow students' family has been a victim of Communism? I don't think they would find the theme funny at all.

Nor would most of the rest of us. No one would laugh if they voted for a KKK themed prom or an al-Qaeda themed event. Tens of millions have been murdered, executed, tortured, and oppressed in the name of Communism. It is unforgivbable to make light of that fact.

It's one thing to tweak the school administration by acting subversively. That was very big when I was in high school. But it's quite another thing to deliberately set out to celebrate mass murder as a means to draw attention to yourselves. Whether it's just the poor judgment shown by youthful pranksters or the typical cruelty of teenagers doesn't matter. It's wrong and the idea should be dumped.

High school seniors at an Albuquerque school have voted to make the theme of their prom "Communism." Naturally, a lot of people are up in arms about it - which is exactly what these smart aleks wanted.

KRQE News:

They’re calling it “prom-munism.” Seniors at an Albuquerque school want their prom to have a Communism theme. Seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School near I-25 and Paseo del Norte voted online this week for the theme of their prom this year.

“They wanted prom-munism, so that’s what got voted for the most,” said senior Sarah Zachary.

She voted for “A Night in the Reef,” because the prom is expected to take place at the Albuquerque Aquarium on April 25.

“We have a lot of jokesters in our grade, so they wanted it to be funny and a lot of them are really intense with politics,” Zachary said.

However, students who asked to remain anonymous don’t believe Communism is a joking matter.

“I would hope Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom,” one student wrote.

Another said, “While the seniors meant no harm in their choice of theme, it is not appropriate.”

“Our students are in the International Baccalaureate program, so they are very academically focused,” said Sam Obenshain, executive director at Cottonwood. “One of the classes they enjoy the most is a world history class.”

Obenshain said, despite the vote, this is not a done deal. He said he plans to talk with the students about it next week.

“We want to make sure we honor the students’ voices but at the same time we use this as a learning experience for them,” Obenshain said.

At this point, he and many students aren’t even quite sure what “prom-munism” is supposed to look like.

“I honestly don’t think it’s that funny,” said Cole Page, a sophomore.

The fact that they're calling it "prom-munism" is a pretty clear signal that the whole thing is a tongue-in-cheek means to get attention. Kids will be kids, I guess, but suppose one of their fellow students' family has been a victim of Communism? I don't think they would find the theme funny at all.

Nor would most of the rest of us. No one would laugh if they voted for a KKK themed prom or an al-Qaeda themed event. Tens of millions have been murdered, executed, tortured, and oppressed in the name of Communism. It is unforgivbable to make light of that fact.

It's one thing to tweak the school administration by acting subversively. That was very big when I was in high school. But it's quite another thing to deliberately set out to celebrate mass murder as a means to draw attention to yourselves. Whether it's just the poor judgment shown by youthful pranksters or the typical cruelty of teenagers doesn't matter. It's wrong and the idea should be dumped.