School Uses Burt Bacharach as Weapon Against GrindingBethany Sanders
“The sexual nature of the dancing just seemed to be increasing,” says Principal Charles Salter in a report at MSNBC.com. “One school found condoms on the floor.”
Condoms on the floor, kids taking off their clothes, and what chaperones say are simulated sex acts — as the moves get more shocking, school administrators are getting more creative in their ways to discourage freak dancing, or grinding.
At Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood, the kids know that if things get too suggestive, their principal will throw on the lights and blast Burt Bacharach, or “anything William Shatner has recorded.”
Other schools are taking a more serious approach. Contracts, which must be signed by both students and parents, lay out dress codes and appropriate behavior are required before kids can attend dances. At Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, according to MSNBC, dances were put on hold until students and staff could come to an agreement.
In 2006, Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota started a “Dance Like Your Grandma’s Watching” campaign, which included a series of awkward but funny videos depicting the “dangers” of grinding.
School authorities say these tactics are working in their schools, but not all teens are happy about being told what to do. When a principal at a local high school here threw three kids out of a Sadie Hawkins dance for freak dancing, 200 of their fellow students also left in protest. A week later, parents swarmed the school board meeting demanding an apology from the principal, saying that freak dancing is just “what kids do.”
What do you think? Is freak dancing just another passing fad? Or is it a trend you hope will be long gone by the time your kids reach high school?
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