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Twerking Video Gets California Students Suspended from Scripps Ranch HS

Twerking Video

Students at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego California have been suspended because of a twerking video.

Thirty-two students, 28 girls and 3 boys, danced while one used school property to tape the group outside class during 6th period.

Later, the student used school editing equipment to add music and post the twerking video to YouTube.

As a result, all 33 students were suspended as of Tuesday through the end of the week a parent told San Diego NBC 7.

Lyston McNear, 17, says he was suspended for coming up with the original idea for the twerking video. He says it took months to create and nobody seemed offended.

Those students will not be able to attend prom nor will they be able to walk at graduation commencement.

School board Trustee Scott Barnett will discuss the suspensions in a closed session by the school board at its next meeting, May 14.

“I take issues of proper conduct and discipline very seriously,” Barnett said in an email. “At the same time I need to be satisfied that the consequences of these actions are reasonable and proportionate.”

The Scripps Ranch HS student handbook specifically outlines its sexual harassment policy prohibiting “verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting.”

Students must sign a page in the handbook that states: “At Scripps Ranch High school there is zero tolerance for students who cause major disruptions at school or school activities. Any student who causes a major disruption will receive a five (5) day suspension, a possible new school placement and may be arrested.”

They will be denied the right to attend their senior prom or graduation unless they can make their case in front of a senior review board.  The appeals process is outlined on the San Diego Unified School District’s website.

Those unfamiliar with the trend, twerking involves popping of the hips in a suggestive dance move. Although the exact derivation of “twerking” is unknown, it may be a combination of “twist and jerk” or a phrase meant to designate “to work it.”

Twerking originated in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ties have been made to many traditional African dances. An example of such traditional dances is Mapouka.

Twerking Video Gets 33 Students Suspended

A group of San Diego high school students has been suspended for making a risqué video on campus of teens involved in “twerking.”

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