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Principal clobbered after apologizing for ‘insensitive’ prom tickets that said to ‘party like it’s 1776’

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A New Jersey high school principal caved in to political correctness and issued an apology for “hurt feelings” over  “insensitive” language on prom tickets.

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The principal of Cherry Hill High School East apologized for wording on the prom tickets encouraging students to “party like it’s 1776” for the event being held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Cherry Hill Courier Post reported on Friday.

“Today, I learned that members of our school community were offended by a statement written on our Senior Prom ticket,” Dr. Dennis Perry wrote in the Friday letter. “I especially apologize to our African-American students, whom I have let down by not initially recognizing the inappropriateness of this wording. You can expect that we will do better as a school community to produce well thought out, appropriate communications.”

Perry explained that the school would be reprinting redesigned tickets to be distributed at the dance and that in the future, “safe guards will be added to ensure that a diverse group of people view all information before it is distributed to the school.”

“I believe that Perry handled the situation well,” Danny Elmore, a vice president for the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association, said.

“We lose out when we do not know who our neighbor is,” Elmore said. “Talk about it with people before you take an action and we won’t have this happen.”

According to Lloyd Henderson, president of the Camden County NAACP East chapter, the prom tickets were “another example that the culture at Cherry Hill East is one where the African-American students’ needs are not considered along with the rest of the school.”

“However,” he added, “I do take some solace in the fact that Mr. Perry immediately recognized and acknowledged the insensitivity of the comment.’

The latest New Jersey School Report Card indicated black students make up 6.2 percent of the school compared to 62.2 percent for whites, 22.4 percent for Asians and 5.9 percent for Hispanics.

“The intent was a good intent,” Elmore said, noting he did not think there was an intention to be offensive. “However, for some Americans, 1776 itself was not a good time.”

Slavery was abolished in New Jersey in 1846.

While Perry meant to diffuse complaints, his capitulation to hyper-sensitive critics earned him even more backlash on social media.

Frieda Powers

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