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Dirty dancing debacle discussed at Bellevue school board meeting

Annie Zelm • Oct 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM

The Bellevue Schools superintendent issued a statement at Thursday night's school board meeting about the dirty dancing situation and media attention.

Read the statement by clicking on the PDF document below this story:

The definition of “dirty dancing” may vary among generations, but one thing is clear: School officials know it when they see it.

After homecoming photos surfaced showing high school girls in low-cut dresses grinding against boys, Bellevue Schools superintendent Kim Schubert took a firm stance. 

She suspended future dances until the district sets clear expectations for students.

Many parents agreed something needs to be done, but students say it’s going to be tough to change the way their peers dance when it’s been accepted for so long.

Schubert said the students’ sexually suggestive dancing is inappropriate and won’t be tolerated.

“I feel that it is our obligation as an educational organization to teach our students ethical values, self respect and the respect of others,” Schubert said in a statement. She plans to collaborate with staff, students and parents to devise a reasonable policy.

Many area schools don’t have a specific policy governing behavior at dances, though there are student codes of conduct that dictate what’s expected at school events. Students who don’t comply with the code are usually warned first, then asked to leave the event if the behavior continues.

Q: What do you think of the dancing that takes place in schools today? Should schools take steps to regulate it?

“It would bother me — I think it’s inappropriate. I never saw anything like that when I was in high school.”

Bob Rhoads, 44, Sandusky  

“It’s hard to go backwards after you’ve allowed students to do those types of things. I think they need to involve students in what’s appropriate.”

Lorene Gregory, 65, Perkins 

“It has gotten out of hand, but the school should have stopped it before, rather than trying to go back and do something now.”

Tom Stovall, 66, Sandusky

“It’s always been happening. I don’t know why they’re just now bringing it to people’s attention.”

Kati Ehrman, 16, Bellevue 

“I think it’s wrong. They need to crack down more on it.”

Jay Adkins, 17, Bellevue  

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