DESPITE VACCINE’S BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS SAY NO TO PROMS –

DESPITE VACCINE’S BUNCOMBE COUNTY SCHOOLS SAY NO TO PROMS –

Proms are one of the most exciting memories of high school but this year there will be no proms in Buncombe County School’s.

BC School’s Public Information Officer said, “This year our schools are encouraged to plan an alternative Prom/Spring activity for our seniors. Due to current pandemic restrictions on mass gatherings/events, BCS must forgo a traditional prom. Among those restrictions outlined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services: no dancing; guests must remain in their seats, six feet apart except to enter, leave, visit the restroom, or get food or drink; and there are occupancy limitations.”

Area DJ’s, florist’s, tuxedo and dress business’s are feeling the impact. Reagan Banks owns Sound Explosion Mobile DJ Experience. Banks said, “I lost all of my Buncombe County proms for the second year.” Banks said, “Still waiting on response from Hendersonville proms. Some schools are planning a Senior Day on their football fields later on.”

Parents and businesses say proms should go on. One parent, that does not want their name mentioned but owns a well known business in the Asheville area said, “Governor Cooper and these school systems have milked this pandemic long enough. The teen suicide rate is like nothing I have ever seen and teens are not getting sick.” Parent said, “Our schools have become unhinged. Schools are making my daughter wear a mask while playing softball. It’s idiotic and causes these students to breath their own carbon dioxide. It’s not healthy.” Parent said, “Teens need to get back to normal and prom is a big part of high school normalcy. All the schools should have a prom and if there is enough intrest I will help to have a prom in the free state of South Carolina if I have to.”

DJ Reagan Banks said, “I do have a parent that has booked a prom for some North Buncombe high kids. Also my Hickory high schools are having a full prom.”