Questions raised about “contract” students must sign to go to prom

Prom couple, Longmont H.S. 2012

Prom couple, Longmont H.S. 2012

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- Prom is often the highlight of the year for high school juniors and seniors. But for one Colorado teen, the price to get in seems excessive.

Molly Hargett, a senior at Longmont High School, is upset over a requirement by the school administration that any student who plans to attend prom must agree to sign a contract, vowing good behavior.

"It's ridiculous," said Hargett. "I don't really know what it's for."

The school is one of several across the country that uses contracts to ensure students behave and are held accountable for their actions. The school district confirmed it is not a formal policy, and each individual school can setup their own guidelines.

"I want to keep my kids safe, but this wasn't a safety issue," said Molly's mother.

The Hargett family is also upset over a requirement that students who wish to bring dates that are not actively enrolled high school students, be approved by school officials.

"There are just bigger issues," added Ms. Hargett.

The St. Vrain Valley School District released a short statement on the issue, but believes the policy is not a major concern.

"It is standard operating procedure to ensure the safety and well being of our students"

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