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Horace Greeley Limits Admission at School Dance

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Horace Greeley High School Principal Andrew Selesnick sent out an open letter on Wednesday in reponse to complaints he has received about the limited admission to Saturday night’s homecoming dance.

The high school reached its capacity after selling 700 tickets, at $10 each, in advance of the dance. Each ticket was assigned to a particular student and may not be re-sold. The tickets were limited to avoid any possible safety hazards with students under the influence or overcrowding in a dark gym, according to Selesnick.

"Of course we’d like all our school events to be open to all our students,” said the principal in the letter. “But open access for all cannot come at the expense of the safety of even one student. And from experience, we’ve learned that when the crowd gets too large, a school dance is not a safe environment.”

As an extra precaution, students will not be permitted after 9:30 p.m. and they must have a ride arranged to pick them up at 11.

There will also be an alcohol detection device on hand, which can be used if there is suspicion that a student is under the influence.

“Since instituting the requirement that tickets only be sold in advance and since limiting the number of tickets sold, we have had more consecutive dances without incident than in any other period during my 20 years at Greeley,” said Selesnick.

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