Dirty dancing debacle discussed at Bellevue school board meeting

The Bellevue Schools superintendent issued a statement at Thursday night's school board meeting about the dirty dancing situation and media attention.
Annie Zelm
Oct 22, 2010

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  

Comments

starryeyes83

the   other photo on the Norwalk Reflector   is nasty.  It's not the length of the dress   it's  the simulating sex act on the other photo that infuriates me.

School officials:  please explain how sober you were when you were at this function  and why have you all  allowed this to get out of hand?

Sue Meredith

What I don't understand is if the dancing was deemed inappropriate, why didn't the teacher put a stop to it instead of snapping pictures to post online?

44846GWP

Its dancing, good god, get a grip people! Is this the most important thing you have to worry about in your life, dancing?! Leave the kids alone. (For the record I'm not a kid, way over 40)

BRIARS BYWATER

44846GWP  Can you say "morals"?  Put your busch light down before you spill it all over your computer keyboard, and listen up!  If you think for one second that this is dancing, you need to turn yourself in to the psych. ward of the nearest mental institution.  Liberal blah, blah, blah!

starryeyes83

Dancing?   Look at the other photo on the Norwalk Reflector.   It's crude and lewd, and ( I am not a prude ) there are limits  to this behavior in public. The boy is boning her from the back,   wonder  how many of them will be be birthers in  nine months?    I don't care if every school does this or allows this it's not right.   It's  disgusting and those bloody adults should be strung up for  NOT putting a stop to this  BS.

 

I hope  Schubert sticks to her guns, if not, then she's all talk.   These officials had better start laying down the law on these kids.   So should some of the parents.

youngbutbold

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BRIARS BYWATER

YOUNGBUTBOLD,

You sound like a really nice young person.  You seem to have a handle on things.  Can you tell me where you learned this unusual type of "dancing" anyways?  I'm sure your minister at church informed you that dancing is a celebration of life.  Did he tell you that premarrital sex is a sin?  This isn't a conservative b*tch.  I have been taught morals.  There are lines drawn out in life that are not meant to be crossed.  Like, drinking and driving, sex with minors, stealing, etc....  But everyone seems to lack morals now.  They've traded them in by settling for less from each other.  You are right about one thing...You do have minds of your own.  Too bad that you don't mind, that no one else matters!  Your a bunch of sheep.  Once someone hits on something new, cool, or exciting, someone has to ruin it, by making it dangerous, sexual, or otherwise filthy.  I firmly believe that you can do what you want to do, as long as it doesn't infringe upon my rights.  Since high school dances are open to the public, and many people do stay and watch the happenings; I have to say, that this type of dancing is sexually explicit, and I should be allowed to see my son/daughter having a good time, without being subjected to sexually lewd behavior by their peers.  This isn't all about you, you, you.  This effects everyone.  Grandparents, parents, friends, neighbors, younger siblings, etc...  This isn't even dancing?  It's just degrading to our young women.  Come back and debate your point of view with something that isn't detremental to our teenager's wellbeing, when you grow up.  Get a mind of your own.  Better yet, get a job and help us pay for diapers and formula for teenage mothers on welware.  Peace out youngbutbold punk!!!

EddieOs

Why is it that the shrill loudmouthed shrews think anyone wants to read their rants that they keep posting over and over and over? They're the same busybodies that started this much-ado-about-nothing in the first place.

 

BRIARS BYWATER

EDDIEOS,

You don't want to read these remarks, but here you are.  Hover your little mouse somewhere else, and left click!

looking around

 

want to hear the song they are danceing to? google for the lyrics to "slow motion" or get a sample audio with the link provided. Now let's talk about it.

 

http://s0.ilike.com/play#Juvenil...

BRIARS BYWATER

looking around,

I already knew this.  It's what the teenagers are trying to sneak and lie past their parents and us,  I know what their doing.  I had trouble in Bellevue when my daughter was in Jr. High.  We moved to another school district.  Finally, they've got a superintendant willing to take a stand.  What about the rest of the districts?  This is viral.  It's like the kids are all about speaking their minds, but can't make a decision without texting someone for advise.  Entitlement, foul language, and lewd behavior.  And I'm not blaming the parents only.  Most of this garbage they learn is just like the video you found.  I've said it on several postings here.  BET/MTV are garbage to the teenagers, whom are already impressionable.  They don't know whether they want to be gangster rappers, pimps, pole dancers, strippers,  Jackass stuntman, or welfare mom.  But I bet you can find one of these shows on MTV/BET.

 

 

You parents and your teenage kids aren't going to sway the majority.  The proof is in the picture.  If one of those girls were my daughter, it would have been a prom she'd not soon forget!  What an embarrassment to the girls, their families, and the school.  But we can't tell them anything.  They know it all, and their parents are right fighters, right there to tell us to mind our own business.  Just like Tiger Wood's affair, and Micheal Vick's dog fighting, and Brett Farve's pic/text messages....Once the media gets a hold of the story, apparantly, it's everyone's business.  Clean it up, on the dance floor, and it all goes away.  Grow up and remember, that one day you teenagers will be adult parents.  Do you really want your little princess banging her butt up against some unworthy gangster/pimp wannabe?

oldskool

Ok so all of this should be over the selection of music!  Wouldn't that be the staff and the DJ, not the students?  They are the ones that should be slammed in these articles, not the way the kids are dancing!  The staff allowed it!  But sense the adults would never take any blame in this, we will HAVE to blame the kids!  I seen an article some place that Kim said "not in my house"!  Well Kim, you and/or your dance staff allowed the hired - assuming the DJ was hired - to play the music.  It is your fault!  But since you will never say it was your fault.....lets stop all dances, punish the kids and get the school kids on the national news networks for dirty dancing!  If the students made up the music/artist list for the night, did any adults including yourself look into it? Oh, we already know that answer right.....NO!  Back in my day there use to be a master list of: theme, decorations, people attending, DJ - with references, music/artist list, etc.  Didn't it make it to your desk?  If not, blame that person.  Stop blaming the kids.....what did you expect them to do with that type of music...sit in the chairs and be shy?  As far as the dresses.....if you feel they are inappropriate, then enact a dress code: long formal gowns only with jackets and the boys - tux/suit only and everyones jackets have to remain on all night. That should take care of any parents concern of skin showing!  If I had a child that had attended this school function and they were blamed and plastered all over the news.....I wouldn't be a parent at the school board meeting complaining about the kids....it would be you for allowing this! After all, as you stated, it is "your house"! 

Dude i Roc

Oldskool, I agree about a dress code.  Avoid trouble and just send anyone that is inappropriately dressed or inappropriately BEHAVING away from the functions right at the point of admission. Make the guidelines clear beforehand. Might I suggest in addition to males wearing their jackets;females keep shoes on throughout the dance.  Let us remember properness and self-respect.

duh goat

leave dem teeny bopers alone  THEIR Clothes and dance B theirs,LIKE OURS WAS 50 PLUS YEARS AGO.JUST DIFFERENT STYLES.     DUH GOAT[OLD GOAT]     THANK U!!!!

ScootBaby

Nobody puts Bellevue in a corner...

Cowboy

I just hope it all comes out with a happy ending.

Cowboy

I just hope it all comes out with a happy ending.

Pete

Happy endings cost extra!

Kottage Kat

Old Goat,

Not sure where you went to school, we sure neither dressed or danced like what the pictures display. Slow dancing was about as close as we got to a dance partner. Chaperones were old maid teachers that my Mother had 25 years before. It was small town personified, and and Mom would have known in a heartbeat if I did something even the least bit out of line. It would have been "nipped in the bud" long before the pictures were taken, or our shoes came off.

Some kids may have done the "bunny hop" later in the parking lot, never under the watchful eye of the "Grinch's" that were our chaperones. I am no spring chicken and have been out of school 45 years. I am no prude, just think that the moral fiber of this country has been stretched to it's limit and it is time to take back the youth and teach them what obviously they are not being taught at home. These poor little darlings are not used to the word NO, or having anything taken away from them. I am sure that the action by the Superintendent was a jolt to their little systems. God Bless her for her stand and hope all will support her so doing.

kat;}

 

 

Yellow Snow

"That which we tolerate today, tomorrow's generation will embrace" 

I quote from a Glenn Beck program while the discussion was on moral decay.

Just Saying

Oh for crying out loud people - -School Officials put  your "big boy panties" on before Prom and set some reasonable guidelines prior to the next dance instead of blowing it all out of proportion.  Times have changed whether we like it or not.  You see worse than this flipping through the TV stations before 8:00PM, and sometimes just on the commercials. It doesn't mean it's acceptable for everyone, but it is a reality in our present day society -plain and simple.

Like I asked on another blog for this same issue  - Did the "school official /  photographer" of these fine photos even try to stop it, or was he/she more concerned about standing on their soapbox spouting righteous indignations??  Did someone turn on the lights, cut the music and spend a few minutes to say "knock it off"??  I'm betting not.  Chaperoning 101 here people.

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