Prom Night

IF the title, “THS Investi gates: Prom Nightmares,” has you thinking “big fat, hot prom mess” with overweight girls bulging out of their too-tight prom dresses and boys in horrifyingly tasteless tuxedos, pimp hats and red shoes – may I suggest you find your kicks on the Internet.

Tonight’s episode of “THS” is not fun, and it’s not silly.

It’s the deadly business of kids who have been killed and maimed on prom night – and it ain’t pretty. But it is important.

In case you’ve been off ice road trucking in Alaska and missed it, the average American prom has morphed from a dress-up school dance to an out-of-control blow-out complete with its own industry that vies with Sweet 16 parties and bar mitzvahs as events so expensive parents take out second mortgages just to survive it.

Aside from the excess (some kids spend “between $30,000 and $40,000” on their prom “necessities,” the show says), the great American prom is increasingly becoming a deadly affair.

“Prom Nightmares” visits the families who lost kids in car accidents, who have committed suicide on prom night, died from bad drugs and even the story of one girl who fell four stories off a hotel balcony after an alcohol-induced blackout (and survived).

It is terrifying.

For starters, there’s the story of Jillian Sabet, a girl who was elected both prom queen and class president on the day of the prom – and who was killed on her way to the dance when the car she was traveling in flipped over. No drugs – but no seatbelts, either.

Cathy Isford died on prom night after doing Ecstasy. Thirty-seven other kids took Ecstasy that night, but only Cathy got sick and died from it.

Chris Davidson, a triple-threat athlete on the eve of being honored for his role in starting a lacrosse team in his school, hung himself with his belt in his after-prom hotel room. And his heartbroken father is still trying to figure it out.

One bit of advice: if you are planning on attending the prom or have kids who are going to one, please make them watch this show. It will scare them so straight, they’ll stay home and rent a movie instead.

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