BLOOMINGTON ( — Bloomington High School students arrived at Santa Anita Park on Saturday expecting to attend their prom, only to discover they were a week early, after a scheduling mix-up by the school.

Santa Anita Park told the students that their prom was scheduled for May 5, though the school had told students the event would be held on April 27. The mix-up sent the venue scrambling to accomodate the 400 students.

Santa Anita successfully cleared a room and secured a D.J. for the event. Still, student Maritza Valdez described the event as “upsetting” and “disappointing.”

The school is taking the blame, calling it a miscommuncation, according to the school’s principal. They acknowledge that the night is also a costly one for students and their families.

“On my tux, I spent like $200 I think, and it was just a rental so I had to take it back the next day,” Bloomington student Michael Lupo said.

Additional costs came from the $100 ticket, a corsage and photographs at the prom, according to Lupo.

The school is planning a second prom free of charge in late May for students who bought tickets, complete with refreshments, carriage rides and a casino night.

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