Huron principal right to stop 'dirty dancing'

Feb 17, 2013


Excerpt from the editorial Viewpoint in today's Sunday Register: It seems these school officials are damned if they do, damned if they don’t when it comes to managing student behavior at school dances.

We think Huron High School principal Scott Matheny did the right thing earlier this month when he refused to allow students to 'dirty dance' during a school-sponsored event.


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Parents entrust the schools with their children, and it’s up to school officials to make sure students are acting appropriately.

It’s not up to them to guess whose parents will or won’t approve. They have to set a standard appropriate for a school function, which rightly should err on the conservative side.

If parents want to host a private party and take responsibility for the teens’ behavior, they can do so. But we totally stand with school officials in requiring these students to act like young ladies and gentlemen while they’re at a school function.

Some of these teens might even thank them for it once they become old fuddy-duddies — like us.


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Id rather see this than butt cheek hanging out all over town........


@Jerry, why are you looking at the rear-ends of minors? All over town, no less?


When they wear their pants around their THIGHS it is hard to MISS the butts all over town. If you let your rear end hang out in fancy boxers, no less, you MUST want people to look at it!

looking around

Those moves are nothing new.....we perfected them in the back seat at the drive in movies, we just never jumped out of the car to demonstrate them to the family in the car next to us!


Kudos to the principal!




Really? Trying to shut Pandora's Box that was opened so long ago? Good luck with that. :)


It's really simple. Cancel all school sponsored dance or dances held at a school building.

Easy button.

BW1's picture

Amen. We pay taxes for schools to educate children during the day, not entertain them in the evening. Let the parents who want their kids to behave with some class sponsor a dance with their rules, and let the parents who want to let their kids run like dogs in heat sponsor a grind-fest. The government has no place deciding questions of culture and morality, so get it out of the business of hosting events that implicate those questions.


I guess they should then cancel football, basketball, band concerts. These are all activities that happen after school hours.

BW1's picture

Absolutely - providing sports teams is not a compelling public interest.
Better to follow the European model of club teams - end the linkage of sports teams to schools, and in so doing, end the NCAA, with all those rules propping up the charade that it's anything but a business.


Patrick Swayze would be proud.


Great movie!

Tsu Dho Nimh

If the kids don't like the rules, then they don't have to have a school dance.


This is where the parents should act like parents and tell their it's not alright to dance like they're in a strip club....

Schools should stop having dances...period... it would be better than caving in ...and ya know that's what will happen.


The parents and kids are not upset that the principal is taking a stand on "grinding" -they are upset that the principal did not announce his policy until the day BEFORE the dance over the PA system AFTER the tickets were sold. He also refused to return the money to students who no longer wanted to attend.
It isn't the policy but the way it was presented to the students.

Dont Worry Be Happy

If the kids can not go to the dance and fun without dirty dancingthen these kids have issues. Its like people who can't have fun without consuming alcohol, I personally like to remember the fun I had. Parents need to control their kids and teach them about personal values. I for one would be embarresed if my kid dirty danced at a high school function.


are you serously OK with this type of activity at schools? he shouldnt even need to make it a rule, kids should know better, so should parents!


Wow a whole days notice! ( being sarcastic) Since when do student and parents need a warning? It should have been a given right from the start!
If my kid ever got called on the carpet about dirty Dancing at a school dance, trust me.. There would be hell to pay when they got home!

Tsu Dho Nimh

I guess I am taken back that anyone would assume that dry sex on the dance floor would be allowed. It should not even need to be announced.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Soooo true

Ακόμη Sold σχετ...

You are so right, TDN !


windyglenn, are you kidding me. Your going to say he was wrong? He shouldn't of even had to say that over the pa. Your sticking up for this because he didn't tell the kids in enough time they couldn't pretty much do it on the dance floor. I bet it doesn't bother you one bit (if you have kids) that yours might be doing this. And we wonder why our kids and this country is messed up.



Darwin's choice

listen to all the "saintly" commenters posting..............


I've never claimed to be a saint, but, I knew how to behave in public around teachers/ and other adults when I was in school.

Don S

Back in 1962 Huron. We did do some dirty dancing, but you knew it was against the rules and knew that you would be thrown out of the dance, if caught. But today's dirty dancing goes way beyond what we did then. Today's dirty dancing is actually rubbing the sex parts together and should not be allowed, as a rule for a school dances. The kids know this, so they have no excuse nor arguement about the rules the principal announced. These parents that are condeming the principal, for setting standards, should be ashamed of their own actions in this one.

Kottage Kat

@ Dons
It was shagging
Lots different
Fun though thought we were really the kats-sass


Well, hell, come to think of it, all that's missing is the girls wearing kneepads, with the way they're bent over "grinding" they could get both ends done..

Yeah I know, I'm being crass and crude... and brutally honest.


I just hope they wear "protection". We don't need unwanted babies or diseases.


Schools have the right to set standards at school functions. Period. I am glad that Huron sets high standards. I work in social services and it is so sad to see how morals, ethics, and values have horribly declined in the last 50 years. So many have very little respect for self or others.


Why is it that when this was an issue in Bellevue, it was plastered on the front page WITH pictures? Is it so different in Huron? He problem was solved in Bellevue. Huron school officials should call them for the answer!


Has anyone thought to make them take ballroom dance classes? Cari Pisano where are you? It would solves two problems, give them exercise and a skill.

Oh, and let's not forget that the dancing with the stars program has nearly naked females grinding, putting their faces where they don't belong and so on.

The kids need to learn some self respect, but who is going to teach it to them when all the garbage they see is about sex?


More knee jerk reactions from schools and umbilical cord tied parents. BAN EVERYTHING, so we can hide our kids from everything. Im not saying that straight outright grinding and groping should be allowed, but dang, these are HS kids, like we all once were with hormones...etc. Let them have some HARMLESS fun.

What do you think these kids do at private parties or when they go to college?


First let me say my son was in attendance at this school function. When he came home and told me what went down (which was alot more than what has been reported by the register), I was upset with the Huron Faculty. After some thought and discussion with my better half, I had to say the Faculty did the right thing as far as the grinding/dirty dancing goes. Were the Faculty made their mistake was the timely fashion of the announcment on friday afternoon. The students weren't happy... thus they rebelle and you get what you had... kids pushing the envelope.
All you idots that think all school functions should be canceled or done away with are just that, idiots! Take these functions away and see all the trouble these kids get into... Kids will always find a place to party and do things most don't want them to do, it happens. We as parents have to teach and educate our kids the rights and wrongs and when they go out and end up at one of these parties, they understand not to participate in the wrongs.

BW1's picture

@berlinrdgang:"All you idots that think all school functions should be canceled or done away with are just that, idiots! Take these functions away and see all the trouble these kids get into... "

Not well-parented kids. Why should the taxpayers have to subsidize bad parenting? If you want activities for your kids, form an organization that runs the sort of activities you prefer; don't ask me to pay for entertaining your kids.

What if I have a kid who doesn't like football or basketball. Maybe he's into motocross or skiing, both expensive sports. Why should I pay higher taxes, taking away money I could use to pay for my kid's activities, in order to subsidize your kid's activities? Pay for your own kid's entertainment instead of going on recreational welfare.

Tsu Dho Nimh have a good points. School functions are a good thing and kids will find something to do. Here is a thought about the timing of the announcement: if it would have been announced earlier in the week, the kids would have been focusing all week on the unfairness of the principal's decision and the learning environment would have been chaotic. By announcing it at the last minute, the dance takes place,the weekend comes and goes and then its over with.


I believe if you keep kids busy in positive things such as sports, they will get involved and stay away from the negative things. Huron has a good sports program and alot of kids participate, my kids included.

BM1... you will be the first one to complain when these parents/kids come to your door for sponsorship for these teams that you say we as parents should organize and fund instead of the school system. If you had a kid in Huron sports system, you would understand how much you as a tax payer do not pay for these kids to compete. Our Booster program is second to none and fund many of the sports that do not have the capability to fund themselves, so dead beat parents like yourself don't have too. Oh and by the way , my children do compete in Motorcross at a national level and this is 10 times the cost of any sport played at Huron schools, and I will not bother asking you for sponsorship money... So go get another cool one and sit back in your rocker and watch some more jeapordy and enjoy your retirement!

BW1's picture

@berlinrdgang: "I believe if you keep kids busy in positive things such as sports, they will get involved and stay away from the negative things"

I agree with you 110% on that. What you don't understand is that just because something is is a good thing to do doesn't mean it's a good thing for GOVERNMENT to do. That lack of understanding is the root of socialism.

I ALSO happen to believe that if kids aren't taught certain things about God, that their future is ultimately ruined, but you don't see me asking the taxpayers to fund Sunday school. I take on that responsibility myself for my kids, as I do for any sports programs in which they participate, and I expect other parents to do the same according to their views of what's best. What's truly bizarre is that you fail to grasp that your own kids' activities are a glaring testimony for the position I'm advocating - if a fringe sport as expensive as motocross can thrive without government subsidy, then why can't all those cheaper, more popular ones?

I have absolutely no problem with kids coming to the door to fundraise for their activities - heck, I never seem to be able to get enough Thin Mints to last until the next time the Girl Scouts sell them. I have contributed to such activities organized outside the public schools. I've also volunteered for youth motocross programs, probably some that your kids raced in. The key words being contributed and volunteered - I have no problem supporting programs I personally believe in, but have an issue with being coercively forced to support ones I may not, through taxes collected under threat of imprisonment. What about the day your kid can't race because his bike needs a new top end, and you can't afford it because your property taxes were increased to pay for someone else's kid to play some sport you and your kid don't like?

You probably don't see yourself as a socialist, but that's how socialism works - everybody wants their sacred cow funded, and together, it adds up to cradle-to-grave dependency.