Can you buy your way into the Mean Girls The middle school dance that wants students to pay extra for 'VIP' access
22:04 GMT, 25 May 2012
A Los Angeles middle school is selling its students tickets to a forthcoming school dance's 'VIP lounge'.
Marcy Magiera, the mother of a 12-year-old male student at New West Charter School, wrote about the initiative on her blog Bellanoise.com on Tuesday.
Access to the lounge costs $5, which is an additional cost to the $15 a student must pay in order to attend the spring dance.
Catty: A middle school is offering tickets to its dance's 'VIP lounge'. It's bound to create an imbalance, such as the one depicted in the 2004 film Mean Girls (above)
The blogger's son claimed that the lounge will feature a 'dessert bar' and 'some item of take-home swag'.
The mother believes the VIP lounge has been created in order to raise extra funds to help support the school's expansion plans.
She wrote: 'The price of a no-frills ticket also went up to $15 instead of $10.'
She added that the system will create a two-tier student class system.
Mother: Marcy Magiera, pictured on the left, expressed her disapproval of the VIP lounge on her blog. She told her son not to worry if he can't get in on the night
Not impressed: The mother, left, wrote on her blog that initiative will create social outcasts at the school
She wrote: 'On one side of it will be, well, VIPs – or at least those who have declared their own importance by paying $5 more for their dance ticket.
'On the other side will be everybody else. The outsides. The masses.'
She expressed her outrage at such an initiative.
'What's next, bottle service' she wrote. '$10 for a jug of Coke maybe, served by a high schooler in short-shorts While everyone else gets Capri sun pouches grabbed out of a tub full of ice
'What's next, bottle service' $10 for a jug of Coke maybe, served by a high schooler in short-shorts'
'There are already invisible velvet ropes aplenty, segregating the popular kids, the smartest kids, the jocks,' she continued.
She added that she had spoken to her son about how she believes the idea is irresponsible.
'We told the boy emphatically,' she wrote. 'In real life, we told him, whenever you see a place with a velvet rope and a line, just head to the next joint down the street.'
Madeline Levine, a Californian physiologist and author of the yet to be published book Teach Your Children Well, told Forbes that the VIP lounge is a poor initiative.
She said: 'Frankly, this VIP idea reflects badly on kids, but even worse on the adults. No one gains from making some kids more 'special' than others, especially when special is based on having a few extra bucks.'