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    Shot glass souvenirs at prom – inappropriate?

    Date: 05.12.09 | by Judge Tom.

    A high school in Pennsylvania ordered more than 450 shot glasses to hand out to its prom-goers as souvenirs.  The prom committee’s decision to order the shot glasses and hand them out at last week’s dance has upset some parents and led to negative publicity for the high school.


    Photo by Saquan Stimpson

    The school explained that it did not have as much money as last year when souvenir photo frames and money clips were handed out at the prom.  Although the principal signed off on the purchase order, it only stated that they were ordering “prom souvenirs” and did not specify that the souvenirs were shot glasses.

    The assistant principal has assured those in the community upset over the incident that it will never happen again and that the move sent the wrong message.

    What do you think?  Considering the legal drinking age is 21, is it inappropriate to give souvenir shot glasses, wine glasses, etc. at prom?  Do you believe that a shot glass or similar souvenir encourages drinking?

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • julie
      Wed, 13 May 2009 at 06:32

      per group, the boys felt that handing out shot glasses at prom is not inappropriate and does not encourage drinking-however, some felt that it may encourage some to drink, based on individuals