FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Homecoming dances - for high school students it is considered a "rite of passage." But for students at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, it is not going to happen this year.
The school's principal has canceled the much-hyped event, which was supposed to be held in December.
Parents, students and former students have since been taking to WPTV's Facebook page with questions and concerns over what they describe as already "low school spirit," as one Facebook user wrote.
The St. Lucie County School District told NewsChannel 5 that there are a number of reasons why the dance has been called off this year.
The main reason for canceling the celebration is over security concerns. The team that organizes the dance, which is made up of teachers, said not enough chaperones have appeared at dances in past years. Officials also said dozens of students show up without student IDs, causing problems at the door.
There have also been complaints that students dance too suggestively and wear risqué clothing that doesn't comply with the dress code.