NJ principal apologizes for 'insensitive' prom theme

Prom ticket encouraged students to 'party like it's 1776'

Mike DeNardo
May 21, 2018 - 1:35 pm

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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Cherry Hill High School East's principal apologized for what he called "insensitive" language on the school's prom tickets. 

The tickets for the high school's prom, which will take place at the National Constitution Center, said students should "party like it's 1776."  

Principal Dennis Perry tweeted an apology, especially to African-American students.

The phrase caused an uproar because many people noted that African-Americans were still slaves during that time, and thus deemed the ticket inappropriate. 

Danny Elmore, vice president of the Cherry Hill African American Civic Association, said better communication could have prevented the issue.

"If you get the voice of people in their community before it happens, then when it does happen you don't have outcries from people or misunderstandings," he said. 

Students will be given commemorative tickets that don't include the phrase.