Mt. Juliet H.S. prom clashes with NFL draft weekend in Nashville, leaving parents worried

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NFL Draft weekend is predicted to be one of the biggest weekends of the year in Nashville.  

And, that’s causing concern for some parents with students at Mt. Juliet High School.  

Apr. 27 is the last day of the draft. It’s also the same night of the school’s prom being held at Music City Center less than one mile away.  

“You have juniors, seniors, their parents,” said Jennifer Johnson, spokesperson for Wilson County Schools. “It really turns into a large crowd.” 

About 300,000 people are expected downtown that weekend. Parents like Julie Ruesewald are concerned.  

“We just want to get them there safely and get them home safely,” Ruesewald said.  

She says parents are worried about students driving, parking, and their overall safety.  

That same night, there will also be a Jimmy Buffett concert and the possibility of the Preds making it to the playoffs. 

“Who knew? Who knew all these things were going to be going on?” Johnson said.  
Johnson says it’s too late to change the venue, so the school is exploring other options. 

“Can we arrange some shuttle buses, or can they take the train?” she said.  

The school is also looking into renting out spaces in parking decks nearby, according to Johnson. 

“There are some other contingency plans in the works,” she said.  

Ruesewald says she’s open to any plan that keeps her son safe. 

“We know that there’s gonna be a big crowd,” Ruesewald said. “We don’t necessarily want all of our students to walk through all of the crowd with everything that’s going on downtown.” 

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