Prom lines cause chaos

By  Whitney Kiepura
Staff Writer
There are few lines more chaotic than the line found in Prospect’s main commons on May 14.
Some kids had been sitting by the doors since eight that morning, hoping their forward spot in line would be close enough for them to escape the mass human chaos.
They were wrong.
This being my first experience with buying prom and post-prom tickets, I expected a nice,  organized line snaking out door 30, kids waiting in couples, patiently shuffling forward to the table to buy tickets. Kind of like adults waiting in line at a post office during the Christmas rush. Sure it can be busy, but it never gets that overwhelming.
The reality was a mob. As clock hands moved toward 10, students stood up and pushed each other forward to the locked doors. The noise drowning out all but the loudest people, Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Amy Collins attempted to get every one’s attention. She urged the masses to get with their tables and move to the front, but even being in the middle of the crowd most of her words slipped away.
All that proved is that teenagers REALLY don’t pay attention, as the crowd surged forward, pushing open the doors and walking into the commons.
From there it became a waiting game. The sneakiest  were able to weave up to the front of the line, whether they got there at 8 a.m. or came in at 10:30 a.m.
These cheaters could have easily been kept in-check with a bakery-like system. This is no official title for organizing crowds, but instead the system found at a deli counter or bakery. Walk in, take a number and then wait to be called forward.
If applied, students would be able to sit around and chat as they waited. To cut above the resulting noise, instead of screaming through the crowd, there should be a sign above the doorway showing which number was being processed.
With a few numbered note cards  and a score counter borrowed from volleyball or hand made like the senior countdown to graduation, simple tools could save a boatload of headaches.