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Controversy in Fairborn Over Prom Favors Given to Students
FAIRBORN -- Controversy in Fairborn over the favor given to high schoolers at prom.
Viewers notified us on Facebook that the school gave the teens shot glasses filled with candy. The shot glass was adorned with Fairborn High School's logo.
"Would you want your kid's school giving out a shot glass?" asked the reporter, "No, No," said Daniel Whitley.
"I think it was inappropriate because they're underage. They can't drink. Why give them shot glasses?" asked Jason Bentley.
The student commented saying, "Fairborn: the only place to give out shot glasses as prom favors."
We spoke to Fairborn Superintendent David Scarberry. He didn't want to go on camera, but said the shot glasses weren't in any way a suggestion that teens should be drinking.
"I went to Fairborn and they used wine glasses is what I think we got to take home, so I don't think, you know, kids are gonna drink. If they want to drink whether you give them a shot glass or not, it's just a little keepsake to take home," said Jo Ellen Newell.
Scarberry says in the 12 years he's been in charge, they've given out several different kinds of glasses, including wine, margarita and champagne, and there's never been a problem.
"I think it's fine. They gave them a gift," said Joe Cronin. "It's a nice gift. You can drink mouthwash out of a shot glass or you can drink whatever you would like to put in there or use it as a little planter."
Scarberry told us a student prom committee voted on the favor, and it was approved by parents in the district.
"They're old enough to think for themselves, and if you don't treat them like that, then they will be larger kids when they're adults," said Cronin.
But for some, the gift isn't appropriate for teens.
"Would you be upset if he were to receive a shot glass as a favor? I would scratch my head and question the judgment," said Bentley.
The district says they held an after prom program from 11:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m., specifically to promote no drinking; 280 kids attended and 40 parents volunteered.
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