The fallout of a decision to prevent 35 student leaders from entering the prom that they planned for Dixon High's Junior class is resonating at the school as the students -- dubbed The 35 -- and their supporters are protesting the decision by wearing their prom attire to school today.
Meanwhile, Principal John Barsotti declined to comment about the incident, noting that an investigation underway into allegations that students brought a mineral/vitamin water bottle containing alcohol onto the bus that they rode to the prom in.
"We are in the middle of an investigation, continuing investigation, from an event on Saturday night during the Dixon High School prom and since we are in the middle of an investigation that may lead to disciplinary action I can't get into the specifics of the event or events while the investigation is still going," Barsotti said.
Students say that they were not drinking alcohol on the bus, and that the school violated a prom contract that stipulated that any student suspected of being under the influence of alcohol woud receive a Breathalyzer exam and have their parents notified.
Here is what some of the students said this morning on the campus of Dixon High School.
Pepe Semeraro: "We rented a party bus to go to the prom Saturday night. As we were walking off Correy Sorenson found a knock-off vitamin water bottle on the bus so he took it , and as he was walking off the bus driver took it of him sniffed it and said 'This is alcohol.' As that was happening Mr. Barsotti was walking by and then he told us to go sit in a corner and he told us to wait there until someone said who's it was and we obviously didn't know who's it was. No one saw it at all the whole time on the bus as far as I know."
Katie Smith: "They had us outside of my prom for four hours, we where not really supervised a couple of us walked to the Capitol and back, they didn't really watch us very well. They didn't listen to us so..."
Katie Jacobs: "and I had to stay outside for four hours as well, and I was unsupervised I walked around the whole all the streets and stuff"
Pepe Semeraro: "They didn't even call for rides or anything"
Katie Jacobs: "They are going to call your parents if you need a ride, and they didn't call our parents."
Pepe Semeraro: "Our bus driver just left and Barsotti left us outside I missed my junior prom."
Katie Jacobs: "And I paid over $600 dollars for my dress the tickets and everything to go to my prom that I didn't get to go to"
Cassandra Owens, Class president and AC president elect: "Last Saturday night we missed out on our prom because of a unknown person bringing an found empty bottle of alcohol, I even put on the prom all of my junior class leaders program where on the bus. We were all kept outside, people even walked to the capitol and back we had enough time to do that unsupervised. and we where denied bathroom privileges until hours into it, they had to escort us into the bathroom and back down one person even snuck into the prom, because they had to go to the bathroom, for like 10 minutes or so, they dances to two songs came right back. It's hard this meant so much to so many people so many sides of it."
We will continue to follow this developing story as we get further information