A New Mexico high school could be holding a Communist-themed prom following the results of a student online vote, KRQE-TV reported.
The theme, which has already been dubbed “Prom-munism,” garnered the most votes among seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School in Albuquerque.
“Our students are in the International Baccalaureate programs, so they are very academically focused,” said the school’s executive director, Sam Obenshain. “So, one of the classes they enjoy most is a world history class.”
The idea reportedly beat out “A Night At The Reef,” to reflect the event’s venue, the Albuquerque Aquarium.
“We have a lot of jokesters in our grade, so they wanted it to be funny,” senior Sarah Zachary told KRQE. “And a lot of them are really intense with politics. So they just came up with Communism for some reason.”
However, Obenshain said, he will address the student body next week regarding the winning theme before confirming whether it will be used for the April 25 dance.
“We want to make sure we honor the students’ voices,” he said. “But at the same time we use this as a learning experience for them.”
“Maybe the seniors will banish the prom king-queen tradition and instead select a prom politburo, to get more people involved?” MTV’s Carl Williott wrote. “Or perhaps they just want to pool resources so they can get a bulk discount on dresses and tuxes (all red, of course)?”
But at least one student, speaking anonymously, was not amused by the result of the vote.
“I would hope Cottonwood would realize the seriousness of having a very powerful and destructive idea as the theme for a prom,” the student said.
Watch KRQE’s report, as aired on Thursday, below.