CROWN POINT | Some Crown Point High School parents and students have expressed discontent about the cancellation of the homecoming dance Oct. 4 through social media.
Crown Point High School Principal Chip Pettit said Wednesday he has not had any calls. He said last year the parent leadership team proposed moving the homecoming dance to an informal dance Friday night, as opposed to a formal dance Saturday.
"The reasons we did that is because we already have two formal dances, the Turnabout and the Prom," Pettit said. "The costs involved in the dances were putting a lot of stress on students and families. We took that information into consideration and proposed an informal dance."
Though student reaction was mixed, Pettit said all the reaction from parents was positive. Pettit said they circulated information about homecoming and the scaled-back event.
"When we put together the homecoming activities, we didn't get a lot of interest," the principal said. As of Friday, Pettit said only 53 students bought tickets to the informal event scheduled for Oct. 4.
"We made the decision to cancel the event," he said. "In the past, we had 700 to 1,000 kids attend the homecoming dance. We want students to have a good experience. We attempted to provide something that students would want to attend."
However, senior Anna Gianni, 18, said many students are disappointed about not having a formal homecoming dance because of the tradition it represents. She said the idea of making the dance more casual didn't appeal to students, and they responded by not buying tickets.
"The idea behind the informal dance began when some parents began talking to the principal about how pricey it is, the dresses, the hair and the nails," Gianni said.
"It does get pricey; however a parent can say no. My mom tells me no. I don't get everything I want. Students were not interested in the 'scaled down dance.'"
The $40 homecoming package included a variety of activities such as a concert, food, games, dunk tank, pictures, the homecoming parade, a T-shirt and the informal dance after homecoming. Although the dance was canceled, the other activities, including a pep rally at 2 p.m., will still be held. Crown Point is scheduled to play LaPorte at homecoming.