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Sold-out prom leaves kids out hundreds of dollars

Published On: May 01 2014 10:56:37 AM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2014 09:33:42 AM CDT
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Goodyear (KPHO) -- The senior prom is something teens and their parents dream about and plan for, but some seniors at Desert Edge High School in Goodyear might not get to go their prom because it's sold out.

The situation has senior D'Kiya Johnson in tears. She might not get to go because she doesn't have a ticket.

"I think it's crazy because not only me, but a lot of my friends weren't able to get their tickets," said Johnson.

Johnson even picked out her dress two years ago.

"It's an opportunity to be able to go and get dressed up in a gown and get your hair and makeup done and do all these things and be able to go with your friends," said Johnson.

Agua Fria School District Superintendent Dennis Runyan says based on past proms, school staff and student representatives thought Dolce Salon and Spa would be a big enough venue. It's not.

When the allotted 350 tickets sold out, they got 20 more. Those tickets will be awarded in a lottery, to seniors only, and only one ticket each. That means some dates might have to stay home.

"There were only 199 tickets sold as of 10 days ago. So in fairness to the school and site administration, this happened and it's real, but it's not something you would normally anticipate," said Runyan.

Senior Corey Pollard might be in luck, but his date, a high school graduate, could be left out and his mom could lose money.

"I spent so much money making sure his prom date was taken care of, he was taken care of. Now the school is basically telling me, 'Oh well. Sorry. Too bad.' This is one of the biggest events in a child's life is their senior prom," said Sophia Pollard.

Johnson agrees, and hopes she's getting a winning ticket.

"As a senior, I don't have another chance to do this," said Johnson.

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