Falkville Police Make Their Own Prom Promise To Students

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FALKVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - An unusual prom promise at one Morgan County school. The Prom Promise, of course, is where high school students pledge to be alcohol and drug free on prom night. This year, Falkville Police are also making a promise to high school students. It's a pledge to get them all home safely.

It's supposed to be a sobering scene, firefighters working to free injured teenagers from a crash involving a drunk driver. Minutes later, the teens assemble at their school to learn one of the passengers in the car did not survive. With prom night approaching, officials plead with the students not to make this mistake.

Falkville Police Chief Chris Free tells the student, "We know you're kids and we know you're going to go out and have fun. We just want you to make good decision in doing so."

The students sign their pledge forms promising not to drink on prom night and then they hear a promise from Falkville Police. The officers offered the students their personal cell phone numbers saying if you get into a jam, or make a bad decision, or you're with someone who is drinking, call us. The pledge from the officers: we will take you home.

"We'd rather them be home safely than in the back of a police car, an ambulance or a hearse," Chief Free tells WHNT News 19.

"I think it's a good thing. I think it wakes a lot of people up and they're not going to put themselves in a stupid situation to be in a spot like that," says Falkville High School student Tyler Woodall.

The students all signed a banner acknowledging their promise, and police added phone numbers in acknowledgement of theirs. The goal is to take the banner down next week knowing everyone got home safely.

Prom night for Falkville High School is this weekend.


  • Michael

    Reblogged this on Running Wolf and commented:
    This seems to be a great idea. Protect the kids, get them home safe. And in a small town like Falkville, maybe that will be exactly what happens. But the idea of the police picking up “kids in trouble” like this is opening up a legal can of worms. The kids in some sort of trouble (either drunk themselves or abandoned or trapped by drunk kids) who turn to the police instead of their parents for help. Wonder if these officers made it clear that anything these kids say to them may be used against them later. That while they might take them home that night (just to avoid the issues of interrogating young people without their parents) there is a very real possibility they will find themselves in the middle of an investigation later. I hope that isn’t what happens, I hope the police are good on their word. But they are under absolutely no legal requirement to do the right thing and just take the kids home and forget about it.

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