Tuesday, May 29, 2001

How schools are cracking down

        In order to attend a dance at Walnut Hills High School in Evanston, students must sign pledges that they will not dress provocatively or engage in lewd dancing. Their parents must sign, too.

        “Grinding, bumping, fondling, humping, licking, booty dancing, rolling, kicking, mashing, shoving, wallowing, disrobing, sexual kissing, freaking, jacking, and whatever a chaperone deems improper and/or indecent will not be permitted.”

        Students who break the rules will be removed from the dance and assigned Friday School detention for the remainder of the year.


        • In Guam high schools, National Honor Society members have been threatened with a suspension for dancing in an inappropriate manner.

        • At Dunwoody High School in the Atlanta area, students were told that if they were caught “dirty dancing” those who violated the policy would be sent to a “timeout” room if caught.

        • Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Mich., linked dance attendance to passing a quiz about dance floor behavior.

        • A Brown Deer, Wis., high school has thrown students out of dances, sent letters home to parents and threatened to suspend youths caught dirty dancing.

        • Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia canceled school dances beginning next fall until students can propose rules.

        • Dances have been canceled at schools nationwide, including in suburban Los Angeles; Iowa City, Iowa; Anchorage, Alaska; and Bethany, Ky.


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