Friday night at the homecoming game, I was reminded that there have been no dances at Fernandina Beach High School, open the to general student population, in four years because of one bad apple getting busted for marijuana in the parking lot during a school dance. Yet, Jane Arnold, the high school principal has mentioned to several reliable sources that she doesn’t feel there is a drug problem in the high school. Hello – it is a High School, of course there are drugs in the school ask any of the students! Those students who reside on the West side of the county claim Fernandina High is full of spoiled rich, drug dealing kids.
Apparently, there was some pretty obnoxious dancing going on indoors as well on that fateful night four years ago. I chaperoned dances at the high school with my older two kids before the ban on dances, and as parents and volunteers; why on earth can’t enough parents give of themselves to let these dances continue? My youngest will be entering high school next year and I want her to enjoy the high school her siblings experienced.
So, Ms. Arnold, why does a single incident that happened four years ago spoil the opportunity to experience high school dances for the rest of the students? Almost every student who attended FBHS four years ago as a Freshman has graduated high school and moved on to the next phase of their life.
There are so few things for teenagers to do in our community we should start a movement! Chant with me: Bring Back the Dance! Bring Back the Dance! Bring Back the Dance!