Jones County High School seniors host ‘Silent Prom’ for classmate
Jones County High School student Ali Jackson walked down the red carpet at the school’s cafeteria Friday afternoon. It was prom night. Just one of the senior moments Ali might have missed.
“All of the activities that we look forward to as students and teenagers, such as basketball games, football games, pep rallies, prom, she’s not able to go because of her condition,” JCHS Senior and Silent Prom organizer Ke-Ke Fluellen said.
Ali suffers from Tourette’s syndrome and a seizure disorder. She is sensitive to light and loud noises which could cause her to have seizures. She wears headphones all the time due to her medical condition.
Ali was upset that she could not go to the school’s dance last month. Her classmates decided to hold a second prom just for her.
“I know how I felt on my prom night and we just really want her to experience that,” JCHS Senior and Silent Prom organizer Kensley Brown said.
No loud DJ, no crazy lights. It’s called a “Silent Prom.”
“Just students being able to enjoy themselves in an atmosphere that is not overwhelming,” JCHS Senior Counselor Kahadija Baker said.
But there is still plenty of food, decorations, and dancing.
“To be able to see these teens don their attire and work hard to set up another prom for her, it lets me know we can include everybody in everything we do. We just have to do it in a different way,” Baker said.
Ali isn’t able to talk, but her mother says the joy on her daughter’s face shows just how much this dance and her classmates mean to her.
“My daughter is smiling. If that don’t say something to me that my child, she’s smiling,” Tanya Jackson said.
It’s about making memories.
“I can enjoy things and she can’t. I want her to be able to enjoy things that I have been able to,” JCHS Senior and Silent Prom organizer Jasmine King said.
And dancing the evening away.
“We can’t bring back basketball season, we can’t bring back football season, but we can bring back prom,” Fluellen said.
All for Ali, so she can experience this special night.
Ali is graduating this year. Her mother tells 41NBC she wants to go to the University of Georgia and study to become a child life specialist.