Chesapeake parents fight to make sure “After Prom” party doesn’t end

Posted at 5:05 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 06:18:08-04

Chesapeake, Va. - It's an after party after prom, where high school seniors can make the choice of playing games and winning door prizes, over getting into drugs or alcohol on prom night.

But the party at Chesapeake High Schools could soon be over as the principals are discussing cancelling the event and parents aren't happy with the idea.

"It`s the safety of our kids, I hate to get emotional about this but it`s what it`s comes down to," said Grassfield High School mom, Patty Lewis.  "There is going to be adult supervision and no alcohol and no drugs just pure fun, which is what they should be having before they go to college, it just frustrates me."

The emotions are high for many parents like Lewis because they tell NewsChannel 3 they heard the decision has already been made.

It was even posted on the official Great Bridge High School's Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) page.

"I heard that the vote was 5-2 between the principals of Chesapeake, it happened last night," Lewis added.

But school officials insist the parents are wrong.

A spokesperson for Chesapeake Public Schools in a statement wrote:

"There has not been any final decisions made to cancel After Prom. Discussions are taking place and principals are gathering information from parents, students and staff."

NewsChannel 3 asked school officials why they are discussing cancelling the event in the first place, and still have received no answer.

The idea alone, though, scares parents like Lewis. She says who knows what these seniors will get into on prom night if they don't have a safe place to go.

"Grassfield alone has over 400 kids. You have that many kids that are going to be finding hotel rooms and just places to go party its just silly, it`s just not safe ," Lewis said.

That's why Lewis is joining many parents in writing to school principals and to the superintendent.

If you want to take action to make sure "After Prom" isn't cancelled at your child's high school you can call or email the principal or superintendent.

Dr. James T. Roberts
Phone : (757) 547-0165

Chesapeake high schools and principals:

Deep Creek High School
Ms. J. Page Bagley
2900 Margaret Booker Dr.
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Phone: 757.558.5302
Fax: 757.558.5305
Grassfield High School
Mr. Michael N. Perez
2007 Grizzly Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Phone: 757.558.4749
Fax: 757-558-9240
Great Bridge High School
Mr. Jeffrey Johnson
301 West Hanbury Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Phone: 757.482.5191
Fax: 757.482.5559
Hickory High School
Mrs. Alfredia C. Turner
1996 Hawk Blvd.
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Phone: 757.421.4295
Fax: 757.421.2190
Indian River High School
Mrs. Naomi R. Dunbar
1969 Braves Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23325
Phone: 757.578.7000
Fax: 757.578.7004
Oscar Smith High School
Mr. Paul A. Joseph
1994 Tiger Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: 757.548.0696
Fax: 757.548.0531
Western Branch High School
Dr. Thomas A. Whitley
1968 Bruin Place
Chesapeake, VA 23321
Phone: 757.638.7900
Fax: 757.638.7904