By Rick Kennedy

Herald publisher

HERMISTON — The April 19 scheduling of Hermiston High School's Junior/Senior Prom has created controversy in a segment of Hermiston's religious community as local Roman Catholic officials and parents voiced their objections in a press conference over the weekend.

Hermiston school officials confirmed Monday that they had been advised of the parents' concerns, but they appeared ready to stand by the revised prom date.

"We have a situation at the high school regarding the selection of date for the year's Junior/Senior Prom, which was set for Saturday, April 19, which is the night before Easter Sunday, and we are not pleased by the response to our concerns which we received from the school's principal, Dave Ego," Father Joe Reinig of Our Lady of Angels Church said Saturday afternoon.

"When we raised the issue of April 19 being the day before Easter, which in many Christian circles is know as Holy Saturday, the response (from the administration) was that the students had the freedom to choose whether to observe Holy Saturday or go to the prom," Reinig said. "We feel that this response was, at best, insensitive, and at worse, prejudicial."

(For the full story, please see the April 8, 2003, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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