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Pierce, Neb. spring prom photos go viral after a bridge collapses, students fall into a pond

PIERCE, Neb. (KTIV/US92) - It's the dance making headlines on social media.

22 students came to the home of Andy White to take pictures before Pierce High Schools spring prom.

"We have a senior daughter Alisha and she wanted to know if she could have some friends come out and take pictures. They have done that in the past, usually inside. They decided to come and get a picture on a couple of the bridges here and they didn't opt for the more sturdy one and they got 21 or 22 of them on this back one and it turned out to be a little too much weight," Andy White, owns the bridge said.

All that weight caused the group to take dip in the White's four-foot deep pond behind their house.

"The first thing I thought about when I went into the water was 'oh my gosh everyone is going to be so mad at me.' This is my fault because I planned this and that made me super upset. But then everyone was really nice about it and said its not your fault, you didn't know that was going to happen. There was nothing you can do," Alisha White, a Pierce High School Senior said.

Minus a few scrapes, and a ton of wet tuxes and dresses, the group made it out without  serious injuries. By the end of Saturday night, the gang was the talk of Pierce. Then one member of the Pierce Prom Plunge party posted a picture of the incident to Twitter.

"And within two minutes I had 35 retweets from just my regular followers. Then I took a nap to recuperate from prom. By two hours later I had 3,000 retweets and now we are up to 40,000 retweets and favorites and we are still moving up," Lane Rohrich, a Pierce Senior/Twitter Picture Poster said.

Through all the new found fame, these students have learned what type of impact a single post on social media sites can have.

"Everyone really needs to be careful what they put on the internet because there is always a way to get to it. Just be safe about everything and you will be fine," Rohrich said.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the picture has been retweeted over 47,000 times and has been favorited by 57,000 people on Twitter.

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