. She writes of seeking out snogging couples with a large torch and suggesting some time out and a glass of water to the inebriated.
Ostensibly, the school rules still apply at the prom and parents' expectations of behaviour are unchanged, but trying to ensure compliance must be like attempting to block out the sun with a hairnet. So should teachers just abandon the pretence altogether and let students get on with it? Of course not. The impact of a watchful eye and a quiet word may end up being invaluable.
Above all, though, teachers should try not to judge their charges. Young people today are arguably under greater pressure than any previous generation. We test them more than ever and expect them to make decisions about who and what they want to be at an increasingly early age. Is it any wonder they long for the freedom of their early youth?
And it is normal for 16-year-olds to test the boundaries, to experiment and to make bad decisions. That is how they learn. Of course we should try to stop them making mistakes, but if they do they should not by tarnished by their error for ever. Instead, we must simply ensure that they understand what they have done wrong.
Admittedly, this is easier said than done. We are a hypocritical species. I mutter angrily at teenagers being drunk and disorderly in the same streets where once I lay in a gutter feeling very ill indeed. Worse still, that gutter is not entirely foreign to me even today.
It is these experiences teachers must call on during prom night. Do your best to thwart misdemeanours, but remember your own mistakes before you judge students too harshly for theirs.