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Controversy in New Hampshire after prom marked unvaccinated students with black sharpie

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EXETER, New Hampshire (KWWL) -- Last weekend, one high school hosted a prom where unvaccinated students were marked with a black sharpie, and vaccinated students were marked with red.

Parents are outraged at the public labeling, and one state lawmaker who represents the city said she received calls from more than a dozen parents in disbelief at the actions of the school.

One Facebook post started the conversation, and furious parents and students commented on how they disagreed with the school's decision to label unvaccinated students as they walked into their senior prom.

The Facebook post has since been deleted.

"You had to produce your papers and if you didn't produce your papers you were branded with a black sharpie - what does that mean to you I'm just going to let that sit there," State Rep. Melissa Litchfield said.

Parents and students who contacted Representative Litchfield refused to go on camera for fear of retaliation from the school district.

The School District wrote an email explaining that the labeling was their own form of a 'contact tracing system,' which allowed all students to attend prom whether vaccinated or not.

"We hope the community will understand that while no model is perfect, this model let the students enjoy a close to normal and highly desired experience to cap off their senior year," the high school principal said. "That's the memory we want to leave them with."

The School District also clarified that the students were notified of this contact tracing system upon registering for prom.

Representative Litchfield said the parents were not informed and therefore could not speak out beforehand.

NBC News

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