MONTPELIER, Vt. — There isn't going to be a homecoming dance at Vermont's Montpelier High School this year because of concerns about dirty dancing and student drug use.
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Montpelier High School Principal Peter Evans says he made the decision to cancel Saturday's dance because of complaints that followed a Sept. 24 dance.
Evans tells the Barre Montpelier Times Argus he got calls after the last dance saying many of the students were under the influence of drugs. He also told the school board this week that officials had concerns about raunchy dancing.
According to the newspaper, Evans tried to work with the students organizing the dance to come up with guidelines for the event. But the principal says there wasn't time to find a way to avoid the problems before the dance, so he canceled it.
The Vermont school is just the latest to shut down a dance over suggestive dancing — also known as grinding or freak dancing. Schools nationwide, including those in California, Texas and Washington state, have cancelled or delayed dances because of concerns over lewd conduct. Some districts have responded by asking students to sign contracts that spell out acceptable behavior , such as forbidding grinding or agreeing to dress codes that ban garters or other exposed lingerie, excessively short skirts and the removal of shirts.
While some students obviously enjoy freak dancing, others feel uncomfortable around it.
Evans told the Times Argus, that "last year, before prom, three girls said they weren't coming because they didn't feel safe.”
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