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Principal cancels dances for raunchy dancing

post #1 of 17
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http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/01....ap/index.html

I have two thoughts on this.

1. Good for the Principal to show these kids that there ARE consequences to their actions and decisions of not following the rules!

2. Even if the rest of the dances are cancelled, including the proms, the kids will forever in their minds be the "victims" of someone who just doesn't understand teens. I remember yelling obscenities to Billy Idol's Mony Mony, and being threatened that "they won't play that song anymore" at the dances, and we didn't listen. We just said it quieter. And the song was turned off more than once in the middle of the song. I mean, it's not like the students are actually *having* sex on the dancefloor...
post #2 of 17
What year is this again?

Sounds like something out of the 60's
What a stupid man!
post #3 of 17
I guess if I was a parent I would want to actually see the dance. But I do know as i get older there are so many things I now know you gotta monitor with kids that I would never have dreamed I would want to as a young person. But remember too, they thought Elvis's dance was too raunchy at one point and look at it now-it just looks silly!
post #4 of 17
That article kinda reminded me of the movie "Footloose" where the whole town was against dancing
post #5 of 17
One reason for school dances is for kids to learn how to behave in social situations. Simulated sex acts are NOT appropriate in ANY public venue, especially one involving children. (Yes, high-school students are still children).
post #6 of 17
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly...reakdance.html

Check out the link to read, "Getting freaky" Students split on significance of freak dancing

Sounds inappropriate to me.
post #7 of 17
Well, I'm asking for it, I guess when I say I wish there would be more principals like that.

This world is so out-of-hand no one is seeing straight anymore. Nothing is sacred! There's no limitations. The more we give, the more the kids take. They need bounderies, discipline, rules, guidelines, and parental (and school) guidance. Things are so far gone, I think it's fair to say, the world is past a point of no return!

Perhaps you should've made this a poll instead? Maybe people would've voted without having to comment. Most of us, I think, fear saying the opposite of what the rest of the members are in agreement with. I myself, stand alone in many issues, so I'm ready for the contrary opinions. Not to fight them, but I am open minded to hear what people's opinions are. I may not respond back to them though!
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Good idea Cheryl, I just added a poll.
post #9 of 17
I agree with the principal's decision.
post #10 of 17
While I'm not sure how I feel about what was being regulated against, that's actually not that important, unless it was completely innocent -- and that's not the impression I'm getting.

The point for me is that the kids were told that a given activity was not acceptable. They were told what the consequences would be if they persisted. They persisted. The consequences followed. Whether the original ruling was realistic or not, the thing they need to learn out of this is that whether you like it or not, whether you agree with it or not, your actions always have a consequence, and you cannot expect that consequence to be waived just because you didn't agree with the ruling that established consequences. This is part of growing up. Disappointments are part of growing up. The world will not come to an end if they don't have their dance, and perhaps they'll learn something from this.

I say congratulations to that Principal. I doubt that was an easy call, and I applaud him for not caving in.
post #11 of 17
Have you seen the way these kids are dancing? I've seen tamer things at strip clubs in comparison, I mean really. I think it's about time the kids saw that there are consequences to being skeezy and raunchy. I mena.. Kids are having sex younger, having kids younger.. and while I don't think the dances caused it, at least they know that being that overtly sexual isn't appropriate at school! f you want to be slutty, go and be slutty by yourselves, not in front of everyone else and the chaperones too.
post #12 of 17
I believe that if you are advised that something is unacceptable in a particular venue (and not the privacy of your own home) and are told the consequences of failing to comply, and you continue to do the unacceptable, then you should suffer the consequences. Bravo to the principal for sticking to his guns so to speak!
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite
I believe that if you are advised that something is unacceptable in a particular venue (and not the privacy of your own home) and are told the consequences of failing to comply, and you continue to do the unacceptable, then you should suffer the consequences. Bravo to the principal for sticking to his guns so to speak!
post #14 of 17
My Reader's Digest came today and there is an article in there, about how sexualized young (12-14) kids are today. They are actively searching for and engaging in casual sex. It is no coincidence that girls, ages 15-17 have the highest gonorrhea rate, of any age group.

Girls wear "sex bracelets" - the different colors denote different sex acts, from a kiss on up. Boys try to snatch these bracelets and, if sucessful, the girl has to pay the forfeit. Many schools have banned these bracelets.

This is not the only school to have banned "dirty dancing". SOMEBODY needs to set parameters and standards - God knows, a lot of the parents aren't.
post #15 of 17
Good for him! He told them to stop--they didn't--they lose. End of story (end of dances, in this case!).
post #16 of 17
I think it's OK. I mean it is said that they may reinstate the other dances if behavior is modified. And really I can't imagine that every student was freak dancing, he should have singled people out. But I agree that he should stick to his guns. School dances are school sponsored social events. If the kids want to get freaky they should do it like we did back in the day, in the backseat of dad's car, not in front of the student body and chaperones.
post #17 of 17
I agree with you!

Quote:
Originally Posted by katl8e
One reason for school dances is for kids to learn how to behave in social situations. Simulated sex acts are NOT appropriate in ANY public venue, especially one involving children. (Yes, high-school students are still children).
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