LC-M parents of teens busted on prom party bus want answers

A spokesperson with the Little Cypress-Mauriceville school district said they are working on figuring out the facts, after parents of some of the teens involved with a prom party bus bust, have said an LCM-CISD trustee may have been responsible for renting the bus.

Two bus drivers and an LC-M student were arrested Saturday when police in Kemah discovered alcohol on two buses carrying high school students celebrating prom.  One of the bus carried students from LC-M High School.

One parent who asked not to be identified said her daughter, who was on the bus, told her that they boarded in the school parking lot. Her daughter also told her the trustee, who she claimed rented the bus, told the teens "not to do anything stupid" on prom night.

The district's community relations coordinator, Sherry Combs, could not confirm if that information was correct.

"There's rumors running rampant of course but we have absolutely no proof or idea of who rented the bus and I know nothing about where the students boarded," Combs said.

Combs also said the district is limited to how they can punish students for off-campus activity, but says students in extracurricular activities agree to a "code of conduct."

"The district itself has no power or authority over the students outside of the school district," Combs said. "Those students, their actions are being evaluated depending on the organization that they're in and each group has their own oversight committee."

The community has had mixed reactions about the ordeal. Some people have said they think drinking at prom is common. However many others, especially parents, have said it's inexcusable, especially if a school board trustee is involved.

Kemah Police said the bus drivers who were arrested on Saturday were charged with Class A Misdemeanors and released on $2500 bonds.


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