BOONE COUNTY, Ky. - Safety is one of the biggest concerns for high schools across the Tri-State during prom season.
Administrators from one Northern Kentucky school said Saturday evening that they did everything they could to ensure students make safe decisions along with lasting memories during their special evening.
More than 450 students at Dixie Heights High School had to pass by a mangled car on their way into the prom reception. It was just one tactic school officials took to promote safety.
"We had an Arrive Alive event where students saw firsthand what happens with drunk driving it was very eye-opening for student," assistant principal Matt Moore said.
The school also implemented other safety protocols for the event, including a metal detector scan, enhanced teacher involvement at the dance, having a school resource officer on hand and strict admission rules. If a student left the venue, they were not allowed to reenter after 9 p.m.
"Overall I feel it's safe," said senior Rachel Ramsey who didn't mind the extra safety restrictions. "It's just fun. Your teachers interact with you -- it's not like [they're] here chaperoning you. It's like we're all family.
The extra safety concerns extended to the after-prom festivities in Wilder that went until 4 a.m.