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Teens at Nero’s – School reactions and responses

Sarah Gonser

Deeply disappointed school administrators and students are scrambling for answers after a high school dance party turned sour Thursday at Nero’s 2000.

“I was there and all I have to say is several students made really bad decisions involving abuse of alcohol, and whatever else,” said Larry Snyder, Whittell High School principal. “I was not involved in the decision, but it was decided to shut the dance down soon after it started. It was a tough call and it wasn’t a comfortable feeling when the kids were let out into the streets.”

Snyder said students were angry and wanted refunds and had trouble getting to phones to call for rides since casino security turned them away at the doors.

As of Friday afternoon, 10 South Tahoe High students had been suspended, according to principal Karen Ellis, and police investigation was ongoing.

“I’m embarrassed, the kids are embarrassed. It’s a reflection on all of us,” Ellis said. “I think we need to make sure we keep the perspective that percentage-wise it was a small number of kids, and not let it diminish all the good things the students have done.”

Barbara Davis, assistant superintendent for Lake Tahoe Unified School District, said that although many similar events held in the past have been problem-free, this would probably be the last of its kind – at Nero’s at least.

“They were forced to stop the dance for student safety,” Davis said. “There were well over 60 adults present, including chaperones, police, casino security, etc. It’s unfortunate that a few students decided to make it a bad experience for everyone.”

Proceeds from the dance were intended to help support the South Tahoe Quarterback Club, which buys uniforms and equipment for its football team, and the Whittell High School Grad Night committee that uses its money to fund an all-night, alcohol- and drug-free graduation party.

So far, South Tahoe High School students are bearing the brunt of the responsibility.

“We had an assembly this morning and I told my kids how proud I am of them because none of the ones who made the poor decisions were from Whittell,” Snyder said Friday. “I know (South Tahoe High School) is extremely disappointed in the behavior of their kids. Kids are always asking for things to do, well, a few can ruin it for everybody. It’s a real shame.”

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