Shot glasses handed out at Jerome High School prom

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By Brittany Cooper

JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/CNN) - A high school prom gift is causing some controversy.

Students who went to Jerome's junior senior prom over the weekend could take home a commemorative shot glass.

Prom 2013 was commemorated with a shot glass for Jerome High School.

"It's just a little piece of memorabilia and that's what it was intended for. It wasn't intended by the students nor any faculty members that says we condone alcohol and we condone underage drinking. That's not what we stand for," said Principal Ryan Bowman.

Principal Bowman says the students went with a smaller glass which happened to be a shot glass because the funds were not available to purchase a larger one.

"The kids who were involved with that decision are great kids. It wasn't done as a prank and I trust the kids, I do believe from the adult perspective is we didn't follow through looking at what it was," he said.

The student planning committee ordered the shot glasses. But Bowman says the purchase order just read "mugs." There was no mention of shot glasses.

Bowman calls it a pure oversight on the school.

But how do students feel?

"If I got a shot glass at prom, I would definitely be encouraged to use it afterwards. There's really only one purpose for a shot glass," said one student.

"When I first saw them, I was like oh this is pretty cute, because my sisters had gotten champagne glasses at their prom in Utah and stuff and I was like I don't drink so it didn't encourage me to drink anymore," said another.

The school is reviewing its procedure when it comes to orders involving the student body.

Currently, the order goes through the advisor, to the financial secretary, and then Principal Bowman signs off on it.


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