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John Adams High School feels no security concerns for prom in downtown South Bend

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John Adams High School students were able to go to prom despite power outage in downtown John Adams High School students were able to go to prom despite power outage in downtown
John Adams High School students breathed a sigh of relief this afternoon after hearing news that their prom was still happening. The prom took place at the PPalaisRoyale which was one of the few places in downtown South Bend that didn't lose power. The prom was expected to have about 550 students in attendance.

"I was hoping prom wasn't going to be canceled because I already had everything ready to go," Adams High School junior Andrew Carrico said.

Cecilia Stanton is a Spanish teacher and was the prom coordinator. She says she was grateful she didn't have to deliver any bad news to the students. "Once we arrived at Palais and realized Palais was on we immediately attacked the situation with security," Stanton said.

Security was addressed through a combined effort of South Bend Police, Downtown South Bend and the Palais Royale. Palais Royale provided a security guard in the actual building while South Bend officers were stationed outside the only entrance to Palais Royale. Downtown South Bend had ambassadors walking up and down the streets as patrol. Executive Director for Downtown South Bend Aaron Perri says it all made for a safe prom night.

"We don't anticipate security being an issue at all here at downtown South Bend tonight. As a matter of fact there's probably more security presence than there ever is on a typical night and we're being extra vigilant."

Stanton says she heard some concerns from parents early on Friday."Only at the beginning. Now that we've been able to get the word out I think everybody's pretty confident about how it's being taken care of," Stanton said.

That seems to be the case with a parent who spoke with us who says safety concerns weren't an issue. "I'm really not. I see that they've got lights set up outside. We've got really good chaperones so I'm not concerned," Stanton said.

At the end of the day parents and safety officials wanted the students to enjoy their prom and not let the power outage overshadow their day. "My first prom so I feel like a princess," Adams High School sophomore Sydney Emmans said.

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