Prom attendees' hands are marked according to COVID-19 vaccination status — and parents, students are angry

 A New Hampshire high school marked the hands of last weekend's prom attendees according to their COVID-19 vaccination status, a move that has upset a number of parents and students — as well as a state lawmaker — but is being defended by the principal, WBTS-CD reported.

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Republican state Rep. Melissa Litchfield wrote on her Facebook page about the growing controversy surrounding Exeter High School's prom and told the station she had been contacted by more than a dozen parents.

Litchfield noted to WBTS that some parents and students are upset over the decision to mark the hands of unvaccinated students as they walked into the senior prom: "Children that were not vaccinated were written on in black Sharpie on their hands, and those that were vaccinated had some type of a red marker put on them."

She shared photos with the station showing hands of prom attendees marked in black.

Image source: WBTS-CD video screenshot

A statement from School Administrative Unit 16 said "dancing was divided among three dance floors. During the dancing, after every few songs they were asked to raise their hands to determine who they were around," the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

One person who complained to Litchfield said the prom attendees were treated "like prisoners in Nazi Germany. Marking them, thus singling them out, and then having to raise their hands is beyond tolerable," according to her Facebook post.

"You had to produce your papers, and if you didn't produce your papers, you were branded with a black Sharpie," Litchfield added to WBTS. "What does that mean to you? I'm just gonna let it sit there."

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