I was one of those parents last Friday. It can be a bit hard to be the school nurse and a parent.
My son is 11 - I wrote about this on another thread so sorry if some of you've read it.
I don't agree with having dances in elementary school but our school does it. I haven't let my son go to a dance because I've seen from working there that this sets kids up for feeling things that only teens should feel. (rejection).
They've come to talk to me about being dumped when a boy asks another girl to the dance. Etc.
My son is in 5th grade and I backed down and let him go, thinking it was more Halloween Costume party with junk food. However, I'll be chaperoning. he he he
First thing I didn't like is they turned the lights down really low. Second thing was they had teens from the high school as the D.J.'s and they were also the 6th grade teacher's kids. Third thing was the type of music played (hip hop/rap). Fourth thing was the song that came on after about 1/2 hour - a song that uses a euphemism "whistle baby" to teach a girl how to give a guy a blow job.
I walked over to a teacher and said "This song is about a blow job" and she said "I know". She told me to find the mother of the D.J.'s and complain to her. Well, no (for one thing she was not around). . . I walked over to my son and said "Honey, we have to go". I didn't make a scene. When I got home I called the principal.
I was there as a parent - not a school employee.
This was my first real experience being one of those parents after becoming a school nurse. I was one of those vocal parents before with my 3 older kids.
I know what you mean about parents . .. I get frustrated too. But, I'll admit to being one today.
Screen the music before you let teenagers play music for 9, 10, and 11 year old kids.