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Parents upset after some Crandall ISD students locked out of prom

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Prom is supposed to be one of a student's best high school memories, but some Crandall ISD students found themselves locked out after showing up late to their big event.

Now, their parents want their money back.

The school district says it was clear that students would not be allowed inside the prom venue after 8 p.m. – school officials say it's a safety issue. But parents and students say they were not notified and were just a few minutes late, and they should shut out of a one-time opportunity.

Mom Tracie Spivey loved prepping for prom Saturday night as much as her daughter Madison Huckeba. But just after 8 p.m., Spivey got a text that the doors were closing at the Rockwall venue, and her daughter was fighting to get in.

"We were all happy, about to walk inside the door and open it up, and he just shut it in our face," said Huckeba.

The district says announcements were made in school about the cutoff time. The message was sent out via email and posted on social media.

"I mean, there has to be some accountability also on the students' part," said Kristen Reznicek, a spokesperson for Crandall ISD. "We're utilizing all the means of communication that we can to get the word out that these are the rules and expectations."

But several parents say they never got those messages, and neither did their students.

"I received nothing that said that," said parent Joyce Pruitt. "…an email from the high school…it says the prom is from 7 to 11. There's nothing that says you must be there at 8 o'clock."

"Some people don't have Facebook," said Huckeba. "Some people don't have Twitter. We pulled up the Twitter right in front of them, and the last thing posted was about spring break."

Huckeba wasn't alone -- she was among at least eight students who paid for dresses, tuxes and the whole nine, only to get shut out.

Winnetka Jennings purchased two $85 tickets for her twin senior daughters and drove them herself so they'd get there safe.

"They were very crushed," she said.

The district says the rule is meant as a safety measure.

"We want their parents to know they purchased tickets, they are there, there are in a safe environment," said Reznicek. "They are having a good time."

But now these parents want their money back - $85 a ticket plus expenses.

The experience itself, they say, unfortunately, is priceless.

"He said it's the same thing if a kid is tardy to class," said Pruitt. "I said, ‘Well, no sir, it's not. They at least get to go to class.'"

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