The petition reads:
Not only are these activities promoting animal abuse and cruelty, instead of the ever-important values of conservation and environmentalism, but it also surrounds students in the middle of a controversy. Never should students feel the need of removing themselves from an activity or feel guilt when participating.
Affolter notes that his goal is not to close SeaWorld -- but for the company to end its captive orca breeding program and release its whales to sea pens.
A Poway Unified School District statement reads:
The selection of the location of a school site's prom is made by the student body itself. Each spring, the Junior Class Council and Commissioners select the location for the following year's (their upcoming Senior Year) prom. Therefore, the location is not a matter involving school site or district administration. PUSD supports our students' First Amendment rights to express their viewpoints and voice their concerns over this and any other topic.