There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding a policy being implemented by the Southfield school district over their upcoming high school prom.
According to Fox2Detroit, an anonymous donor has offered to pay the cost of prom tickets for all students who receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the big dance.
Meanwhile, those who aren’t vaccinated will have to pay $80 to attend.
The policy has many people in the district up-in-arms, suggesting that it is punishing students who don’t want to be vaccinated. A protest will be held in response to the situation at a vaccine clinic being held at the high school on Friday.
Southfield Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green says she believes that the policy is fair, and the district is not forcing anyone to get vaccinated.
"No we are charging everyone $80 dollars to attend," Dr. Green told Fox2Detroit when asked if the plan penalized some students over others. "Someone, that is a private donor from a philanthropic organization, is covering that $80 fee.”
She added that all students have an equal opportunity to attend the prom, and the donor is simply helping incentivize students to get vaccinated by paying for their tickets.
"All will be at the same facility, all will have the same opportunities, and all hopefully, will be able to enjoy this milestone together," Dr. Green said.