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Alex Cabrero ReportingA West Jordan father is outraged at what his son's high school has chosen to give out as prom mementos.
Next weekend the Copper Hills Junior Prom will be held at the high school. Students who sign up to go get a couple of gifts, including a beer stein mug and a champagne/wine glass. Many schools across Utah do this as a tradition, not just Copper Hills, but a father whose son goes to the school isn't happy about the tradition at all.
Gary Davis: "This tradition must change."
Gary Davis and his family have only lived in Utah for a couple of years. They came here for the state's conservative values. So when their son came home from school with the mementos, they didn't know what to think.
Gary Davis, parent: "Both my wife and I were just shocked; we said no."
No to the beer stein and the wine glass, both of them souvenirs for their son's Junior Prom at Copper Hills High School. Davis thinks the school is sending the wrong message, that drinking alcohol is acceptable.
Gary Davis: "I'm just simply appalled by the insinuation that this is OK."
Mary Bailey, principal, Copper Hills High School: "It isn't our intent. I can see why the parent is concerned, but it isn't our intent."
Mary Bailey, Copper Hills' principal, says her school would never condone underage drinking. This year, like in past years and in schools all across Utah, the student council decided to give out these souvenirs.
Mary Bailey: "They're intended to be decorative and they're intended to be fancy and a nice thing to put up on the shelf."
Bailey never thought it'd be a problem, but because a parent of a student at her school is concerned, she's taking it seriously.
Mary Bailey: "It may have been brought up before, just not to my knowledge. But I think it's a good concern, and it's worth taking a look at."
For Davis that's a start.
Gary Davis: "We do not need these schools handing out beer glasses and wine glasses."
Principal Bailey also told KSL her school has sent several letters to parents, reminding them that drinking at school functions is unacceptable. She's planning on meeting with the student council and the school's parents community council to talk about the souvenirs.