PENNSAUKEN, N.J. — A New Jersey high school student who hopes to become a funeral director has surprised her classmates by arriving at her prom in an open prop coffin.
Megan Flaherty says she mainly wanted to have fun while attending Pennsauken High School’s junior prom Saturday. The 17-year-old says she checked with her date to make sure he had no reservations about her plans.
“I like being different,” Megan, 17, told NJ.com.
Flaherty’s open coffin slid out of the back a hearse.
She then stepped out of the coffin on the hand of her date and smiled as other prom goers looked on in amazement.
The whole thing was a little too far outside the box for some people who criticized the high-schooler on YouTube, where a video of her arrival was posted.
“Classless, tasteless, and insensitive,” wrote one woman. “I am not surprised her goal is to be a funeral director. When she applies for the job, I am betting more than one funeral home will reject her for mocking the dead.”
“Attention seeking at its worst,” wrote another.
“This is how ‘Elvira Mistress of the Dark’ went to prom. Except it was Elvira,” snarked another.
Even before her moment went viral, Megan knew that some people wouldn’t get the joke, but she shrugged it off.
“Anything people do these days, people judge it,” she told NJ.com. “People have opinions.”