ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Several students aren’t happy after learning “communism,” or as their school is calling it, “prom-munism,” is the theme at this year’s prom.
“I would hope Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom,” one Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School student says, criticizing the idea.
Another student at the New Mexico charter school tells KRQE, “While the seniors meant no harm in their choice of theme, it is not appropriate.”
“Our students are in the International Baccalaureate program, so they are very academically focused,” Sam Obenshain, executive director at Cottonwood says of the decision. “One of the classes they enjoy the most is a world history class.”
The prom decision was made after students voted on various themes. Obenshain says he’s going to talk to the students about the vote.
“We want to make sure we honor the students’ voices but at the same time we use this as a learning experience for them,” according to the executive director.
It’s unclear what he means by that.
Will they review the names of the estimated 94 million people that perished under communist regimes in China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan and Eastern Europe during the 20th Century?
Will they have to stand in hours-long lines waiting for their slice of government cheese?
Will they all wear olive-colored clothing and be barred from expressing their individualism?
Maybe Cottonwood will have an adaptation of the traveling Titanic exhibit where the visitor takes on the identity of a passenger, and at the end of the tour, they see if they lived or died.
Maybe instead of dancing the YMCA, students will each receive a card and they’ll be told what job to perform, where to live and what and how much they can eat.
There are two directions for the April 25th event to go: an accurate depiction of communism, or a caricature inspired by “hip” thugs like Che Guevara and today’s progressives.
Many of the students don’t see the humor in the theme.
“I honestly don’t think it’s that funny,” Cole Page, a Cottonwood sophomore tells the news station.
“I don’t think it’s something that they should be choosing as a theme for a dance,” another student says. “I don’t understand that.”