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Atrisco Heritage addresses prom dilemma

Kasia Gregorczyk
April 21, 2017 08:06 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Prom is a night nearly every high school senior looks forward to. Imagine one student's disappointment when he was turned away from buying a ticket.

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Celso Garcia, a senior at Atrisco Heritage High School, said the school told him it was simply sold out of tickets.

“A lot of us that have been going to school for four years and have been around for a while, we can't go to the prom we were promised when we were freshmen,” Garcia said.

In the nine years since the high school has been open, the Albuquerque Public Schools district said something like this has never happened. Garcia's mother and other parents started reaching out to school administrators and got a hold of the director of activities.

“She told me the juniors were in charge of the prom and they're the ones that rented the facility and they only rented the facility for 450 people and if they sold more tickets, they'd be breaking the law because of fire code,” Benetta Garcia said.

Garcia said the senior class alone is about 600 students, not even taking into account the juniors attending the prom.

“We want them to have a prom. That's initially why we started this whole fuss. We think they deserve it and we think it's kind of messed up they weren't able to get a prom,” Benetta said.

An APS spokesperson responded to KOB Thursday afternoon saying the school has found a way to include more students and will continue to sell tickets to this Saturday's prom.

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