Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Get your freak on.

When we're not playing Army, my wife and I volunteer with Young Life and spend quite a bit of time hanging out with high school kids. We regularly chaperone school dances, and therefore we are well acquainted with this principal's problem:

Fed up with students' racy moves, a principal at a California high school has taken the unusual step of canceling the rest of this year's school dances.

Principal Jim Bennett of Lemoore Union High School said he warned students at a winter formal dance last month to either quit dirty dancing or face the possibility of not dancing at all.

He followed through with his threat, and the students aren't happy:

"Some students save up all year to buy a dress or rent a tuxedo and buy flowers for the prom," said student body president Zohra Lakhani, a 17-year-old senior. "To crush everyone's dreams, it's not fair."

Since the students were warned of the rules and consequences beforehand, I'm not sure that the "not fair" argument is valid, unless Zohra chooses to attack his mass punishment method.

Bennett says:

"It's really up to the kids at this point. They have to take some responsibility,"

I think that asking students to police themselves when it comes to things like this is a bit much. I believe that chaperones or administration should step in to break up racy dancing (I've seen my wife break up such dancing several times) and that repeat offenders should be kicked out.

It's perfectly reasonable to ban the dancing, but asking the students to enforce the rules themselves is not.

It's somewhat analogous to banning obscene language at a football game, then canceling the season when the crowd doesn't enforce the rules on a few rowdy fans.

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