Background Checks for Prom Guests?

Posted by Kristina Taylor
May 18, 2010

Background Checks for Prom Guests?

Will performing background checks on prom guests raise the safety standards for those attending the dance?  A school in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, area thinks so.

Attendees of prom at Southwest High School have  to follow strict guidelines to get into the event, and those guidelines include a rather surprising addition:  Any guests can be background checked prior to the prom (guests must be pre-registered) by school officials.

Not surprisingly, some students are finding this to be a problem, while others are shrugging their shoulders.  Parents are reacting similarly.  But the school is serious about cracking down on problems that have recently been plaguing proms — gang-related activity, much older guests, etc.

What’s your opinion?  Should background checks be performed on prom guests?