CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — The principal of a New Jersey high school is apologizing for what he calls “insensitive” language on tickets for the upcoming senior prom.
The Courier Post reports the Cherry Hill High School East senior prom tickets urged students to “party like it’s 1776” during the event at Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center.
Principal Dennis Perry said in a letter to the community posted on his Twitter account on Friday that some people were offended, and it was “insensitive and irresponsible” not to recognize that “not all communities can celebrate what life was like in 1776.”
Please read this letter of apology to the East Community. pic.twitter.com/BnokMF0n9Q
— Dr. Dennis Perry (@drperryateast) May 18, 2018
He says he especially wants to apologize to black students “who I have let down by not initially recognizing the inappropriateness of this wording.”
Perry says prom attendees will receive commemorative tickets without the language.