Principal: No ‘grinding’ at school dances
Officials increase security, change music.
Brian McFeeley, principal at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pa., has declared a no “grinding” policy when it comes to school dances.
In a letter to parents, McFeeley described “grinding” as a style of dancing that “generally includes a male student rubbing up behind a female partner while both make a gyrating motion from side to side.”
"It's just not appropriate," McFeeley is quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "It would be behavior we wouldn't condone in the hallways and at other events."
Officials told the Post-Gazette the ban is just one step the district is taking toward making the school safer. There have been issues with student drug and alcohol use at the last several school dances. One female student was even taken to the hospital for treatment of alcohol poisoning.
In a letter to Gawker, a Mt. Lebanon student lambasted the new policy.
“[…] I, like nearly the entire student body, feel that the banning on the style of dance that does not hurt anyone is quite absurd and think the administration should be focusing more on the small group of students that consistently shows up to dances completely trashed, which can potentially endanger many people's lives.”
Other measures taken to improve behavior at school dances include “adding slow songs to the playlist, changing the DJ, increasing the number of chaperones and hiring at least two police officers to work every dance.”
Tell us what you think: Has the principal gone too far?
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Finally a school principal who is brave enough to do the right thing and ban this behavior. It's not dancing, it's dry humping somebody in public. Get a room or do what we did in high school and hop in the backseat of your car on a gravel road someplace if you want to act like this. After all, they are teenagers. It's time to start teaching today's young people that all behavior is not for public viewing and if their parents won't teach them then it's up to other authority figures to step in.
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