New Mexico Seniors Vote for Communism Prom

The students have been described as 'academically focused' and 'jokesters'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2015 1:14 PM CDT
New Mexico Seniors Vote for Communism Prom
Community High School junior Eliza Upton helps Ann Arbor Huron junior Tulin Babbitt get into a gown at a $20 prom dress sale at Huron High School, in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday, April 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Ann Arbor News, Brianne Bowen)

Eschewing hackneyed Vegas-related themes, seniors at a private high school in Albuquerque are heading right for Moscow with a little Communism-themed love at their prom, to be held at their local aquarium in April. They're calling it "prom-munism," and while Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School's executive director Sam Obenshain describes the students as "academically focused"—"One of the classes they enjoy the most is a world history class," he says—one of their peers prefers the term "jokesters," reports KRQE. The station adds that no one is exactly sure what a Communism theme might look like.

Not all students are taking the matter lightly. One calls the theme "inappropriate," while another writes, "I would hope Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom." The news is causing ripples elsewhere as well. "Jokes are fine, and having some fun at your prom should be encouraged, but this is no laughing matter," Jazz Shaw at Hot Air opines. Apparently the vote is not a "done deal," Obenshain says, and plans to talk with students about the theme more this week. (Check out the party favors handed out at this famous private high school's prom in 2012.)

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