A school has come under fire for marking its students with a black Sharpie to signal their vaccination status at prom.
High school students at Exeter High School in New Hampshire were marked unvaccinated and vaccinated with pen.
The move sparked outrage among some parents and drew criticism from a state lawmaker.
Exeter High School in New Hampshire has come under fire for marking its students with a black Sharpie to signal their vaccination status at prom
According to Republican State Rep. Melissa Litchfield, children who had not been vaccinated were marked with the black Sharpie.
Those who had been vaccinated had red marker put on them.
'You had to produce your papers, and if you didn't produce your papers, you were branded with a black Sharpie,' Rep. Litchfield said.
'What does that mean to you? I'm just going to let that sit there.'
According to Litchfield, parents were not notified of the move ahead of the event.
The state lawmaker made a Facebook post drawing attention to the incident.
One unimpressed parent said: 'We truly feel they are literally branding our kids if they don't get the "approved vaccine."'
In an emailed statement provided to NBC10 Boston, Principal Mike Monahan defended the decision, saying: 'Our student and parent feedback has been extremely positive regarding the prom experience.
High school students at Exeter High School in New Hampshire were marked unvaccinated and vaccinated with pen. School is pictured above
'We are aware that some concerns have been expressed that students were singled out or had their privacy violated.
'We made every effort possible – while adhering to contact tracing guidelines – to ensure that this did not happen.
'We hope the community will understand that while no model is perfect, this model let the students enjoy a close to normal and highly desired experience to cap off their senior year.
'That's the memory we want to leave them with.'