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Saugus dance runs mostly without hitch

Concurrent street construction led to crowd control difficulties at event

Posted: August 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Although sheriff’s deputies were called to Saugus High School’s first dance of the year over the weekend, which drew some 2,400 teenagers, there were no problems besides traffic and teenagers crowding through construction-restricted space, school officials said Monday.

The school hosted its 10th annual Morp, a reversal of the letters of “prom,” on Friday. The event is a back-to-school dance/gathering for Santa Clarita Valley high school students.

“You’re always going to have the same thing (with an event this size) — you are going to have the kids who just want to have a good time, and you have some kids who are going to try and cause mischief,” Saugus High Principal Bill Bolde said Monday. “By and large, most of them are really good kids who make good choices.”

“These are important opportunities for kids to come back from summer break and have a good time,” Bolde said.

The dance was open to any local high school student who had a valid school ID, according to Jeremy Fannon, director of Saugus High’s Associated Student Body, which organized the event.

The biggest discipline problem was one student who was caught acting intoxicated as she waited to get into the dance, he said. That situation was being addressed, and the student’s parents were notified, he said.

“Every school in this valley has an incident like that from time to time,” Bolde said.

But the crowd size did initially alarm local deputies, who called for backup after the lineup of students drew concern, according to Sgt. Daniel Stanley. The event’s capacity was 2,600 students, Bolde said.

Stanley mentioned construction outside of the school as one of the reasons for the bottleneck of bodies, which is what raised worry.

Besides four deputies, there were also 16 private security guards who came with the entertainment company that was contracted, and more than a dozen teachers and staff on hand at the dance, Fannon said.

Last year, the school’s Morp hosted about 3,000 students, Bolde said. At football games, there are as many as 4,000 and crowd control usually isn’t an issue.

“We’re not Dodger Stadium, and we’re not Disneyland,” Bolde said. “We’re not equipped to get that many people in through the gates as fast as we’d like.”

But, he added: “We always learn from everything we do.”

Crosstown rival Canyon High will be hosting its version of Morp this Friday on its tennis courts outdoors, but ASB Director Mike Motherspaw doesn’t expect nearly as many students as Saugus saw.

“I don’t see us getting past 1,300 (students),” Motherspaw said, adding there are more events competing for students’ attention this weekend, including other schools’ dances and, of course, Friday night lights signaling the start of football season.

“But I’m not going to lie,” Motherspaw said with a laugh. “I don’t want my numbers that high.”

psmith@the-signal.com

661-287-5526

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