Free prom for all? Anti-vaxxers counter donor's gift to Southfield students with shot

May 22, 2021, 10:37 AM

Parents and others protested a donor's gift at Southfield High School on Friday. (Screengrab: WDIV video)

Vaccinated seniors can gain free entry to Southfield High School's prom, thanks to an anonymous donor who said they'd cover the $80 ticket for as many students as needed.

Sounds like a good thing, right? Not to some.

Though there are numerous vaccine incentive programs out there — Detroit's public school district is, for example, offers $500 to vaccinated teachers — the free ticket offering has sparked accusations it could lead to discrimination, harassment and bullying. Opponents gathered during a pop-up vaccine clinic at the school Friday, holding signs that read things like "My Son is Not Your Experiment."

The district has tried to dispel what it calls "misinformation" about the incentive, telling WDIV it will not share which students did or did not get vaccinated, nor will it separate them during prom.

Still, those opposed to the campaign are now countering it with an offer to buy prom tickets for students who don't get vaccinated. Informed Choice Michigan, an anti-Covid shot group that promoted the Southfield event, earlier this week said the school district had not responded to those offers, but WDIV reports it is willing to accept payments for unvaccinated students too.

Read more:  WDIV

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