SOUND OFF: How Should Schools Handle 'Grinding' at Dances?

Some Rhode Island students were made to leave a homecoming dance early after protesting their school's "no-grinding" policy.

A Rhode Island high school is under scrutiny after administrators cut short a homecoming dance this weekend.

Middletown High School dismissed students from the dance early because of "unsafe behavior by students who did not agree with the no-grinding rule as outlined in the Middletown High School handbook," the district announced in a statement Sunday.

The school handbook, which notes that "sexually explicit dancing will not be tolerated." 

According to Middletown Patch, the DJ told some students they were not allowed to make song requests and that he only played music they could not dance to. Eventually, the students sat on the floor in protest and began to chant expletives.

The dance was scheduled to end at 11 p.m., but students were dismissed around 9:30 p.m. 

The school is now being criticized both for its policy on grinding and dismissing the students early.

What do you think? Should schools crack down on sexually explicit dancing among students? Or, is a policy against such dancing going overboard? Tell us in the comments.

christopher tingus October 19, 2012 at 02:52 PM
It is unnecessary for teenagers to engage in grinding at dances - dances are for fun and given the explosion in world population, this generation too will have its opportunity to contribute to a world which has nearly one billion, yes one billion fellow human beings, many of them teenagers or younger who have little or no access to a clean glass of water! A youngster who has not even reached 18, whether male or female, hormones bursting, well, there is no need to grind and lost of reason just to have good 'ol simple fun and enjoy one another and be Respectful for these soon to be women and men have far differing ideas about many things and yes, given the uncertainties of the day, more than one police officer should be at every dance....Unfortunately this is not 1940- 1950 - 1960 when kids saw on August 5, 1957 American Bandstand broadcast national and the cha-cha- the Twist, the Bop, the Swing, Lindy, rock'n'roll, Boogie-woogie and so forth were so much fun and should be reintroduced as should the dance moves of the 1920's and 1930's as these kids don't even know anything baout what fun even our parents had seemibgly far more than this obviously dysfunctional time when grining is so darn suggestive and degrading when there is real fun inbeing young and dancing --
Fiscal Conservative October 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM
When in Jr High the school I attended sponsored Friday night dance classes for us "wild younguns". The school made sure we knew all the proper dances of the time, specifically the Waltz and Fox Trot. This was before the Twist, Bop or whatever else there may have been. Us simpler folk still enjoyed the experience. Been many, many moon since I last tripped the "light fantastic". Don't know if my two left feet could still perform on the dance floor.
deb of see-attleboro October 19, 2012 at 08:27 PM
When dancing becomes foreplay, the line has been crossed. The way I understand grinding, it is foreplay. The kids should have a little class. Save it for later in the backseat. Or maybe the "free range" parents of today allow little Janie and Johnnie to have sleepovers so they can take care of business.
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yaygrinding November 11, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I don't see the problem with grinding. We're kids and this is how we dance. When you were all young you had dance moves that were shamed upon as well. Like when Elvis Presley did his suggestive hip movements and Michael Jackson did the crotch grab. You were all just like us at some point, so stop freakiing out about it. If we can't grind at school dances, I'm positive we'll find alternative places to do it, where the enviornment is not nearly as safe as it would be at a school. So its your choice: let us dance at a safe school, or cause us to throw house parties....


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