at 4:25pm by Joe Copeland
Port Angeles High School and its students are in a long-running standoff over rules for school dances. A Peninsula Daily News story (being distributed today by AP) said students are voting with their feet against the "Face to Face, Leave Some Space" rules. Opposition to the new rules was strong enough to cancel the school's spring fling. Only 15 tickets had been sold. Likewise, Junior Ball ticket sales droppped from 412 tickets at this time last year to six this year. Students have complained about the School Board's unwillingness to work with them on compromises. The rules have been promoted — and provoked similar controversy — in a number of schools around the country for several years.Peninsula reporter Arwyn Rice points out the similarities to "Footloose," the 1984/2011 film about students in a Midwestern town who rise up in favor of rock music and dancing. Ironically, notes Rice, students in nearby Sequim are preparing to stage "Footloose" next month.