Braintree High bans guests at homecoming dance
BRAINTREE, Mass. (WHDH) -- This year's homecoming dance at Braintree High School is for “members only.” The school made the decision to ban out-of-town guests this year.
Braintree's school committee passed the ban on out-of-town dance partners at a meeting Monday night. Students aren't so sure about this; now one senior's boyfriend can't go.
“It’s my senior year so I guess I’ll have to go take pictures with him somewhere else,” said Kennedy Wise, a senior at Braintree High School.
Mayor Joe Sullivan is on the school committee and had a vote. Sullivan admits he had reservations about banning students from surrounding towns, but he ultimately went along with it.
“We came up with a policy that we think can work for this year. We're going to manage it and measure whether it was a successful step,” said Mayor Joseph Sullivan.
Sullivan says the school's headmaster, who's relatively new, pushed for this policy.
“He thought that if we kept it with Braintree only that we could better manage and identify the students who would participate in the homecoming dance,” Sullivan said.
However, some administrators are worried crowd control is getting out of control. Students have mixed emotions about the new policy.
“I understand how they're doing it for the best interests of safety and stuff, but if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend that is trustworthy you should be able to take them,” Wise said.
“It's important to note that both proms, you will still be able to have outside guests,” said Sullivan.
The town's homecoming dance takes place in one month, on September 28.