March 9, 2015
Seniors at an Albuquerque, New Mexico high school, Cottonwood Classical Prepatory, thought it would be totally awesome to have a Communist-themed prom.
They’ve decided to call it “prom-munism.”
“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.
Though “prom-munism” won the vote, a number of students were not too happy with the outcome:
“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.”
“I honestly don’t think it’s that funny,” said Cole Page, a sophomore.
“I don’t think it’s something that they should be choosing as a theme for a dance,” another student said. “I don’t understand that.”
The students who voted for “prom-munism” would probably hate the idea of a Fascist-themed prom, because Holocaust.
What would “prom-munism” look like, anyway? It appears as if the students haven’t figured that out yet. It’d be fitting for them to hang USSR flags and portraits of Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Mao, Kim Il-Sung, and Obama on the walls; enforce a rigid dress code; allow only one drink from the punch bowl per student; assign dozens of teachers and administrators to patrol the dance floor; and designate a specific area, a Gulag, if you will, for all students who disobey prom rules to suffer in.