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PROM PRICETAG: No price too high for safety

May 3, 2013

Ashley O’Connor, a student at Columbia City High School, prepares to attend a formal dance with her date Cameron Deckard (right). Sean O’Connor, Ashley’s father, ensures Deckard knows the proper distance between him and his daughter before heading off to the dance. Photo contributed

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series on prom season.

COLUMBIA CITY — Boutonnieres and polished nails may be on the mind of Whitley County students this weekend, but as prom season starts for the county, school leaders, police and parents are concerned with safety.

In the next two weekends, all three Whitley County high schools will hold their proms in Fort Wayne.

Melanie Bechtold, prom advisor for CCHS and teacher, said safety is part of planning the annual event.

“We make special arrangements to ensure that students are safe when they come to prom,” Bechtold said. “Between chaperones and the security provided at the venue, we want parents to feel comfortable having their kids there.”

Columbia City’s prom will be held at the Grand Wayne Center. Bechtold said as part of the rental agreement for the facility, some security is provided, but added measures are taken with a variety of chaperones.

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