'Monster Jam' giveaway by Detroit Public Schools becomes monster mess

"Monster Jam" count day offered a monster opportunity for Detroit students who showed up for class.

Each student received two free tickets for "Monster Jam" at Ford Field Saturday, but the giveaway turned into a monster mess for parents.

"Just a message if you come down here make sure you have extra adult, if you have more than one child going to Detroit Public Schools," said parent Yolanda Cherry. 

Cherry has a daughter who attends a Detroit Public School. She says her child was given this voucher to attend Monster Jam because she attended school on Count Day 

But when she went to get her tickets and tickets for her sister's child, she became so upset she contacted FOX 2.

"It doesn't make sense," she said. "If I got five kids that go to DPS and I was awarded for something, I'm only one parent. I shouldn't have to pay for anything extra and that's what they're doing."

Cherry said one adult can only redeem one voucher which is a ticket for an adult and a student. But when she tried to redeem the voucher for her sister's child, she says she had to find another way.

"I had to actually walk the line to find another adult," she said. "A couple was nice enough to say that 'I'll redeem your other two tickets for you that way, you don't have to pay.'"

Another parent was frustrated when they went to redeem their voucher and was told by box officer workers that parents must pay.

In a statement to FOX 2, DPS officials say:

"We have been informed that parents were incorrectly told by the Ford Field Box Office that they were required to purchase a ticket in order to redeem vouchers to Monster Jam, which were provided to their children for being present on Count Day. This is not the case. Parents are not required to purchase tickets in order to redeem vouchers."

Despite the confusion, Cherry says they plan to have a good time at Monster Jam, but she had a message for the Detroit Public Schools. 

"It has to get better," she said. "You guys want Count Day to be up. You want the kids to be there and I want my child to be there as well. When you do something free like that, it needs to be on one accord."
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