April 23, 2006 - Posted at 12:37 p.m. CST
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) _ While Samantha Morris and three classmates
are celebrating prom night tonight at Rogers High School, their
dates will be sitting outside in a limousine. Morris says the
arrangement is ridiculous, but it is the only way for them to take
the dates they want and still attend the school prom.
Morris and her friends plan to dine at Belle Arte before the
prom, then take the limo to the high school. Then they'll leave
their dates outside because the Rogers School District doesn't
allow students outside the district to attend the prom.
Senior Stephanie Mai, whose boyfriend graduated from the school
last year, will go to the prom with her best friend, a sophomore,
because her boyfriend can't go.
Last spring, school officials decided on the policy for safety
reasons. Assistant Principal Mark Kruger says that, as the school
has grown over the years, it's seen more fights, alcohol use and
weapons. In the past, the school has screened applicants by getting
information from their current or former high schools and a
resource officer has done criminal background checks on the