Prom Chaperones Cited for Harassment

By: Karen Morfitt Email
By: Karen Morfitt Email

KKTV 11 News has learned two chaperones are being charged with harassment, over alleged discipline at a local prom. But the women tell us it never happened.

Katie Spurlin is a senior at Manitou Springs High School. She says at first, it seemed like no big deal when prom chaperons started demonstrating dance moves.

"They were like, 'This is inappropriate,' and they would show what was inappropriate. Then they would say this is what we would rather see," Spurlin said.

She says that when the teens didn’t listen, those same parents started calling the girls "whores" and "sluts."

Spurlin said, "It just felt really wrong, especially coming from a parent figure. It’s the same parent that taught me to count when I was in kindergarten is calling me trash now. It was difficult.”

According to the Manitou Springs police report about the incident, one mother allegedly told a security guard at the prom, that the dance moves were filthy and “similar to what you would see on MTV.”

The report goes on to say that she told the security guard the students were dancing, “like they are having sex with their clothes on.”

Then, the police report says those moms took a can of Lysol disinfectant, and sprayed it on some of the kids who the chaperones believed were dancing inappropriately.

Some kids say the spray got in their eyes and mouths and that they had to leave the prom.

According to the police report the two moms later admitted the spraying to a school administrator. The parents, Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey are denying that now.

11 News tried talking with both women about the claims.

Rockey denied the incident happened and said none of it was true.

Farmer declined to do an on-camera interview but did say there never was any Lysol and that the accusations against her are only accusations.

Both women have been cited for harassment. They're due in court in June and July.

11 News also contacted the school district superintendent. He says they've left this case in the hands of police, but they are disappointed by the actions of the two parents.

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