At any other time, a picture of a teenager pretending to lick each other’s face will not make national headlines.
But November 7 Facebook later wears a kiss-emblematic of three glorious teenage girls crowning, smiling, and red roses blowing among the pubescent boys, emitting a frightening division among Americans in the midst of an epidemic.
On the same day 1,007 Americans died of the highly contagious virus that ravaged the country, with parents sending their children to Sash and Sequin in a massive indoor program.
And while parents planned a massive homecoming dance in Rolla, Missouri and McDonough, Georgia found those parties difficult after the events were reported by her daily The Beast on social media and by national news sites Was carried out.
In fact, parents across the country were doing the same thing.
Photographs of teenagers pretending to lick each other in a sunny white gazebo were taken in Barnesville, Ohio. Wendy Corbin Stephen, 55, told The Daily Beast via Facebook messages that her grandson went to an indoor dance for Barnesville High School students along with about 100 other teenagers — and she says that “she was able to get in was.” The dance was based on the “footloose” theme and the Twitter account from the social media post appears that tickets for the event were $ 10 and required event planners to sign parents.
On the evening of the dance, the teen poses in the sash of Taj and homecoming. Dozens of senior classmates held bouquets and framed their faces with ringlets, which, according to Instagram photos, were written in the caption, “Senior Hoko.” They then ran indoors, sweating and singing along to the music and gathering together with confetti on the floor. Anyone of those mothers who shared Facebook photos of their children and posed at the Barnesville dance themselves responded to requests for comment from The Daily Beast — via text, Twitter DM, Facebook Messenger, or otherwise — on their Seeking perspective or motives.
“Everybody Bites Footloose,” an outspoken mom tweeted, as well as a photo of teenagers dancing under the twinkle light on November 7. In the background, a large sign reads “Footloose”. Neither the school district administrators nor the school principal responded to several requests for comments this week, but the school went to distance education after the incident. The Belmont County Health Department also did not respond to multiple inquiries.
According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, as of Friday, there were 1,987 cumulative confirmed cases in Belmont County, with a population of about 68,472. The Ohio Department of Health reported 10,114 new cases alone on Friday, the fourth-highest number of daily infections since the epidemic.
On November 7, according to an agent on the state’s COVID-19 hotline, private indoor gatherings were limited to 10 or fewer people. The apparent Twitter account of the Footloose event indicated that it took place at a student’s home, but The Daily Beast was not able to confirm independently on Friday.
These parties are now a convenience, not a bug, of life in Central America.
For example, an incident in Spokane, Washington, in which about 50 teenagers attended a private homecoming dance on November 21 inside the church. A week or so, a week ago in Plum, Pennsylvania, after which at least 150 students were asked to stay home from school because the students tested positive for COVID-19. The cases were linked to a dance organized by the parents on 14 November, where masks were not required and social distance was not maintained accordingly. Pittsburgh post-gazette.
“Override this level [the] The public health of our community clearly enrages me a lot and it is disappointing and really disappointing, “Dr. Debra Bogan, director of the region’s health department, told a local CBS affiliate.” The spread of the virus is one of the state’s public health measures. Willful disregard results. “
In Bridgeport, West Virginia – where indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people under an executive order from the governor-public health authorities and a local superintendent told WVNews.com on Tuesday that at least one positive case of the virus was linked this week The homecoming dance for “between 100 and 200” students was thrown by a parent who allegedly booked the venue for “vocals”.
The state’s capacity limit does not apply to weddings, and public health officials said they expect more cases to follow, in a county that is already seeing what they called “incredible community proliferation” According to the news site.
In Slidell, Louisiana, a mother named Regan Abney told The Daily Beast that she completed a private, homemade dinner — COVID-19 — with safety precautions for about 20 teen-agers at her home, so they could dress Can wear and take pictures Without An actual dance broadcast threat – as if their classmates were participating.
“The school will not allow any kind of dance,” said Abani. “There were other parents in Slidell who organized an event, but I do not let my children participate due to the size of the crowd. From the pictures it seemed that there were over 100. “
“We were trying to give them some memories, but it was not an incident,” she said. “It was a private gathering at my house.” The Daily Beast was not able to independently confirm that another dance took place at Slidell, and Abney did not respond to follow-up questions for The Daily Beast.
The dance was held in a steakhouse on November 7 in Rolla, Missouri, also organized by parents. It involved 200 students and sparked COVID-19 cases, which the local health department struggled to contact because the parents who threw the dance did not keep a list of participating students.
According to Phelps-Maris County Health Department Health Director Ashley Vaughn, organizers intentionally concealed attendance numbers and identities to avoid contact tracing.
“I sometimes wonder if children care about these dances of parents as much as“
– School worker
A week later, in McDonough, Georgia, parents performed a dance for 250 Ola High School students. Hella Folden, a spokeswoman for District 4 Public Health of Georgia covering Henry County, told The Daily Beast that her team had yet to link any of the cases to the incident, but to have their department respond to COVID-positive residents Got a very difficult time. Attend contact tracing over the past few months by phone, answer questions, or otherwise. That means she could not conclude that the dance was of no consequence, she told The Daily Beast.
“I sometimes wonder if children care about these dances to parents, or if this is a photo opportunity and opportunity for parents to live through their children,” listed schools. One of the employees said above, who asked to remain anonymous for fear that he would be fired for talking to the press about COVID-19.
“Schools work so hard to ensure that they can take every measure to prevent the transmission of the virus to school, and then the parents take it upon themselves to organize these superspreader events and that good Let’s get the job done, “she continued. “It was not an innocent inspection; This was a great alternative to ignoring public health advice. “
“I am disappointed and confident that this contributed to what is going on in our community,” the employee said, noting that matters were “skyrocketing.”
A glimpse of hope? The end of the homecoming season had the potential to end these spectacular celebrations, and their viral broadcasts. Unfortunately, things do not look promising.
According to two Ola High School students taken by The Daily Beast last week, students from neighboring schools in Henry County arrived to see how they could throw a party in the coming weeks, which the students called “winter balls”.
Then, this week, a senior student at Ola High School – who asked his peers to remain anonymous on the threat of bullying and vengeance – formally launched a Snapchat invitation to winter for students at Grasshopper Grow High School’s The Daily Beast Provided a screenshot to. – Under the jurisdiction of Folden. Tickets for the January 23 event range from $ 25 to $ 35 and can be sent to a Venmo account called @ WinTERFORMAL2021. When The Daily Beast checked that account on Friday, several transactions were already recorded under labels such as “Locust Grove Dance,” and “Ticket”.
JD Hardin, executive director of communications at the Henry County School District, confirmed last week that the district was aware of the Ola High School dance, but did not respond to multiple requests for comment this week from Locust Grove High School Is being formally planned. Students, even if the school is in the same district.
“Most people in my school believe that COVID is not a real thing. The senior student of Ola said that it is not better, like, say, speak. “I was confused – why are we voting for Raja and Rani to return home, seeing what is really going on.”
A senior student of color at a largely white school, she said she often felt isolated to take care of what impact her actions would have on her family and community, deprived that she was still home Learning while other children attend parties and come face to face. School, and when she speaks about COVID-19 security, she gets disgraced.
The students who went to dance said, “Why do you care what we are doing?” As such, but then went back to school after participating in a huge indoor program that violated public health guidelines, possibly spreading the virus to others.
He said, “Whenever I go out, I wear my mask.” “Everyone is just masked and they look at you like you’re crazy. Especially after homecoming, I felt it was worse. He sent another email saying that another student on campus had received COVID. “
Folden said that his team will try to formally prevent them from moving forward with some equipment to keep weapons and melee today, but they may limit enforcement of their department.
The Daily Beast sent her a formal winter invitation saying, “We are where we were back.” “It seems that when we see things like this we spit in the air.”
In response to questions from The Daily Beast as to whether anyone in the county would try to prevent the incident, Henry County Board of Health President Anthony Ford said, “We will encourage citizens to always be safe and careful for others . Public domain. “He said he had no formal knowledge of the winter until The Daily Beast presented the invitation and Venmo transfer.
On the other hand, Folden said, “It was illogical to think that people wanted to gather, especially in large groups, like we are seeing small groups, causing coronovirus to spread rapidly.” He said: “It’s very disappointing.”
“Public health and health workers in general are working so hard right now to slow the spread of coronovirus and prepare for vaccination in the coming weeks, and we’re just tired of how long we’ve been doing it and how hard Is ‘working again,’ said Folden, noting that his own daughter is in high school and is frustrated with everything she’s missing.
“But we have taken the time to explain that when children go to parties and then they go and do other things, a person can potentially become infected at the age of hundreds.”