Raining on Prom Night
High school prom is one of the highlights of many students’ time in secondary school.
Typically the climax before graduation, prom is the special and indeed legendary night in American culture where students can dress to the nines and enjoy each other’s company, often free from the stress of school and grades. The night is a final hurrah, if you will, before summer vacation and college tear up friends and classmates from their childhood roots.
Even in towns and areas where prom isn’t a huge deal, there is something about the night that immortalized itself in American teen mythos throughout the second half of the 20th century, from raunchy teen comedies to touching stories of young love. For many, senior prom can come to represent the quintessence of teenage freedom and youth.
And yet for one Pennsylvania teenager, prom became a night to remember for all the wrong reasons.