PIERCE, NE (KTIV) – A group of high school students in northeast Nebraska had a prom they’ll never forget.
What happened to them before they got to the dance has made them the latest social media sensation.
It’s the prom picture catching headlines on social media. Students came to the home of Andy White to take pictures on his scenic property before the Pierce High Schools spring prom.
White recounts, “We have a senior daughter Alisha and she wanted to know if she could have some friends come out and take pictures. They have done that in the past, usually inside. They decided to come and get a picture on a couple of the bridges here and they didn’t opt for the more sturdy one and they got 21 or 22 of them on this back one and it turned out to be a little too much weight.”
All that weight caused the group to take dip in the White’s four-foot-deep pond behind their house.
“The first thing I thought about when I went into the water was ‘Oh my gosh. Everyone is going to be so mad at me.’ This is my fault ‘cause I planned this and that made me super upset. But then everyone was really nice about it and said it’s not your fault, you didn’t know that was going to happen. There was nothing you can do,” says senior Alisha White.
Minus a few scraps and a ton of wet tuxes and dresses, the group made it out with no serious injuries. By the end of Saturday night, the gang was the talk of Pierce. Then one member of the Pierce prom plunge party posted a picture of the incident to Twitter.
“And within two minutes I had 35 retweets from just my regular followers. Then I took a nap to recuperate from prom. By two hours later I had 3,000 retweets and now we are up to 40,000 retweets and favorites and we are still moving up,” says Lane Rohrich.
Through all the new found fame, these students have learned what type of impact a single post on social media sites can have.
“Everyone really needs to be careful what they put on the internet because there is always a way to get to it. Just be safe about everything and you will be fine.”
Yesterday was our senior prom. We lined up for our pictures on a bridge & it collapsed and we all fell in the creek.. pic.twitter.com/p9OuMnHYkX
— Lane Rohrich (@LaneRohrich1) April 6, 2014
You think this would have been a nightmare to happen on prom night, but it ending up been the best thing pic.twitter.com/HAI4Z2YKz7
— Carly Fries (@carlymcelhose) April 6, 2014
Fish gang hanging by our broken bridge!!! Haha(: pic.twitter.com/o3NiZdnQpz
— Carly Fries (@carlymcelhose) April 7, 2014