A Georgia teen who went viral for showing up to her prom in a casket says there was a poignant message behind her unusual arrival.
Alexandrea Clark, who works at a funeral home in Americus, Ga., wanted to come to Americus Sumter High School’s annual dance Saturday, April 14 encouraging her peers not to drink and drive.
“I was thinking about my class and how they are going to prom and doing the bad stuff after prom; like having drugs and doing all that,” the 12th grader told 11Alive Monday, April 16.
Clark, who hopes to become a funeral director, had developed the idea for two years. And while she said she was “shocked” that her clip went viral, she said it wasn’t supposed to be offensive.
“This is just what I do, and this is my career that I plan on doing and I love what I do,” she said of her 10-minute ride from West Mortuary to school. “I love being around people and helping others. And it’s not to disrespect anybody.”
Meanwhile, social media has been debating if the idea was in good taste or over the top.
That girl pulling up to prom in a casket: big mood
— jorlynn (@jorlynngrace) April 16, 2018
There is nothing cute about pulling up to prom in a casket 🤦🏾♂️
— Theo Do The Most 🐶 #DCGM (@DatHurdler_Theo) April 15, 2018
that just made me mad, why are you in a casket? who tf are your parents? what point were you trying to prove by showing up to your prom in a casket?!
— 𝓒𝓲. (@nothinlikeCixo) April 15, 2018