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School keeps prom separate from porn expo

May 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

MIAMI, May 21 (UPI) -- Administrators at a Florida school said police were on hand to make sure their prom did not intermingle with a porn convention going on at the same venue.

Gwen Zaldivar, the activities director for Miami Beach Senior High School, said extra security steps were taken when administrators discovered the prom held during the weekend would be sharing the Miami Beach Convention Center with the Exxxotica Expo pornography convention, WFOR-TV, Miami, reported Monday.

"We ... hired police officers," Zaldivar said. "We [worked] with the Miami Beach Convention Center to make sure they have their security in place as well."

Zaldivar said police, security workers and teachers stood guard at the venue to ensure the two events did not intermingle.

School officials said their choices of prom venues were limited.

"We do not hold our proms in venues such as hotels for the safety of our children and to discourage drinking," Zaldivar said. "Therefore this was the only available location and it's easy to control the students are safe."

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