Students at a New Hampshire high school were forced to get special marks on their bodies with sharpies to display whether or not they had received a coronavirus vaccine, as reported by the New York Post.
The controversial policy was implemented at Exeter High School and utilized during the school’s senior prom last weekend. Any students who had received the vaccine were given red marks, while students who had not yet been vaccinated were given black marks.
According to one constituent who complained about the policy to State Representative Melissa Litchfield (R-N.H.), students on the dance floor “had to raise their hands after every three songs, so their numbers could be recorded by other underclass students for contact tracing purposes.” Another concerned parent compared such a practice to having to wear a “scarlet letter” for public shaming.
When faced with these revelations, Litchfield stated in a Facebook post that “we are slowly robbing our children of the freedoms that we have taken for granted for so long.” Litchfield also revealed that, although students had been made aware of the marking policy prior to prom, parents were not informed of this plan.
The school district responded to criticism by claiming that the marks were solely for the purpose of contact tracing, and that they still allowed all students to attend the prom irrespective of whether or not they had been vaccinated.
“We are aware that some concerns have been expressed that students were singled out or had their privacy violated,” Exeter High School Principal Mike Monahan said in a statement. “We made every effort possible, while adhering to contact tracing guidelines, to ensure that this did not happen. We hope that 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. That’s the memory we want to leave them with.”