Real-life 'Footloose'

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  • Some New England schools ban 'grinding' at school dances
  • Administrators claim the dirty dance moves are 'obscene'
  • Students boycotting dances
Real-life 'Footloose'

Several New England-area schools are banning a dance move known as "grinding," calling it raunchy and borderline obscene. The Boston Globe reports the gyrations are so sexually charged, they’re causing schools to cancel scheduled dances this year.

According to the paper, the dance moves are causing protests from school administrators and students alike.

Apparently, so many students were grinding at dances, the chaperones couldn’t do anything to stop them. So school administrators decided to put some clear guidelines in place.

"We really couldn’t stand by and watch that,’" assistant principal of Oakmont Regional High School Greg Smith told The Globe.

The students' response? They're boycotting the dances (naturally). If they can’t dance their way, they won’t dance at all.

"Our dances have really calmed down," Smith told the Globe.

So much so that schools are now canceling dances because of lack of attendance, not because of the dirty dancing!

Still, school administrators say they realize that dances are an important part of school social life, and most are reluctant to cancel them. For now, they say they’ll rely on proven tactics like turning on the lights to send the students a message.  

What do you think: Should teens be allowed to dance as they please at school events? 

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