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A Special Message From 'The 35' to Dixon

The 35 students who were not let into the prom that they arranged and raised funds for have a special message for the community.

The 35 would like to make sure that the public understands these five main points:

  1. The bottle found was not confirmed to have been alcohol -  The nearly empty (very few oz.) vitamin water bottle was found by the bus driver and allegedly "smelled" like alcohol.  The employee told Principal Barsotti the bottle smelled like alcohol, but whether or not alcohol was in the bottle is unknown, it was never tested or turned over to authorities.
  2. Prom 2012 Dance Contract was broken – As a part of the 2012 Prom, we the students and parents signed a dance contract which states “Students suspected of being under the influence will be subject to evaluation by DHS Administration and/or local law enforcement, including a breathalyzer exam. Students who are under the influence will have their parents contacted for pick-up.” The school administrators at the prom failed to uphold their end of the contract, none of the 35 students were breathalyzed or evaluated by administration and parents were never contacted.
  3. Our safety was at risk – From 7:30pm-10:45pm, every one of the 35 students were forced to wait outside of Elk’s Tower in Downtown Sacramento, unsupervised and without access to bathrooms at least for the first hour. We were also not allowed to wait in the lobby until parents arrived to pick us up.
  4. Parents were not contacted by school officials – As a part of the dance contract and school responsibilities, parents were not contacted regarding the incident which involved their 35 children left outside of Elk’s Tower and unable to enter their prom. Students used personal cell phones to find rides home from Sacramento to Dixon and some wandered around downtown unsupervised trying to find access to bathrooms. Our safety was at risk during the time we were waiting outside.
  5. Breathalyzers were not offered – In order to demand our innocence of not drinking any alcohol, the 35 students demanded to be breathalyzed by Principal Barsotti.  Mr. Barsotti refused to breathalyze the students  even after some parents offered to bring breathalyzers to the scene or call local law enforcement.  Overall, We were wrongfully denied entrance into our Junior Prom and the school Principal violated the contract as well as our safety.  The driver of API Limousine in Sacramento also left us stranded with some of our property still in the limo-bus. We understand this is an on-going investigation by school officials, but would like to make the above facts clear in order to prove our innocence in these matters since we were not given the chance to Saturday night.  We understand the concern if it would have been a bottle of alcohol, if we were all aware of drinking happening on the bus or if we were drunk but we were not given the chance to prove otherwise. We all begged for a breathalyzer exam, and never received one.

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Jamie Williams May 04, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I am so sorry that you had to go through this. And I am so proud of you for standing up for yourselves. It's not about the cost of the dress, or the bus, or the tickets to the prom.... it's about Abuse of Power. And there are way too many adults that think they can take candy from a baby (so to speak). Go Gettem' Girl!
Battering Ram May 04, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Ya Brook Stiler, I bet you're perfect and have it all figured out. If the parents were in charge I can guarantee you this crap wouldn't be going on all year. Most of the kids in this group are the top scholars and scholar athletes of DHS. If that makes me a bimbo then then I'll take that as a compliment.
brook stiler May 04, 2012 at 05:24 AM
I wish I had it figured out. I know some of those kids as I taught some of them. On the whole I think they are decent, good kids. Some of them might be fairly erudite at this point, but being the top is not very high when you are competing with a class where half of the students are at grade level for reading. When many don't get the grades they expect, they and their parents go after the teacher. Some of the smartest and most capable are actually the worst to deal with. This "crap" as you call it, is lamentable, but it does not involve the academics of the school. It does reveal priorities.
M.Owens May 05, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I appreciate your and Brooks concern for our youth and their grammar skills ... however.... your comments are a bit off topic...... and at this point... do you really think ANY of the 35 deserve or warrant any more judgement? Please stop.... I am pleading with everyone who has an ugly or judgmental comment..... Please stop and lets find away to move forward in a positive manner! AND I apologize if my grammar is not up to par.... it has been a tough week and I am not concerned with anything other than helping my daughter to heal and grow from this experience! Thank you!
brook stiler May 05, 2012 at 08:52 AM
My apologies Mrs. Owens. Cassie is a good student, but more importantly, a decent and respectful person. I have seen the twitter accounts from a number of the kids and there are many that are full of what I'd call blood lust over someone's entire career. It wouldn't be the first time I've seen that sort of self righteous, gloating hate from someone in that particular class. One of those noble students did whatever she could to make my life miserable as a teacher and a day doesn't go by without remembering it. You should be proud of Cassie as she actually stood out for not being of that mentality. I wish there were more like her.

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