A principal at a New Jersey school is apologizing for issuing “insensitive” tickets that encouraged students to “party like it’s 1776” at their prom.
Dennis Perry, principal at Cherry Hill High School East, wrote a letter to the community Friday saying he realized the message on the senior prom tickets was out of tune.
“It was insensitive and irresponsible not to appreciate that not all communities can celebrate what life was like in 1776,” Perry wrote.
The principal added that he’s especially sorry to the black students for the inappropriate wording. The prom is set to take place at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, according to the Courier Post.
Perry didn’t acknowledge slavery in the letter — which happened during the American Revolution era until it was abolished in 1865.
Students will not be required to bring their tickets to the prom, Perry said, and instead will be given a commemorative one with a new plan.
Lloyd Henderson, the NAACP’s Camden County chapter president, told the Courier Post the tickets reflect the lack of black representation in the community.
But he says he’s glad Perry acknowledged the insensitivity of the tickets.
In the letter, Perry said “safe guards will be added to ensure that a diverse group of people view all information before it is distributed from the school.”
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