Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What music was controversial when you went to high school? What do you think it is about music that often divides generations?
It was a real life story of Footloose on Saturday night, when the Middletown High School administration stopped a homecoming dance early after students protested a policy that prohibits sexually explicit dancing, often referred to as grinding. Students claimed the DJ would not allow requests, and only played alternative music; a genre that most students said they did not like or know how to dance to. After failed attempts to request their favorite music, such as Nicki Minaj, the majority of the student body sat on the floor and chanted in protest. Some students even reported a near riot broke out. The school administration denied that a riot took place. The administration stopped the dance an hour and a half early and sent the …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Middletown School Department's response to the decision to cut the homecoming dance short on Saturday night.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
The following statement was provided by the office of the superintendent of schools regarding the developing story of last night's MHS Homecoming dance. The Middletown High School Homecoming dance was shortened because of unsafe behavior by students who did not agree with the no-grinding rule as outlined in the Middletown High School handbook. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and after several warnings were given to the students. A connected message was sent out informing parents that the dance was canceled. The students driving were not permitted to leave the premises until the communication to parents was released. There was a police cruiser and police outside helping with students who were exiting the building and in…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Some parents expressed frustration that students were released early from the dance, before parents were notified and without proper supervision or transportation
[editor's note: updated Oct. 15 at 12:00 p.m.] Middletown High School's homecoming dance was cut short by the school's administration on Saturday night, after students protested the school's "no grinding" policy. Grinding, is a dance style that is typically considered sexually suggestive. It can involve one or multiple dance partners. The policy, according to the Middletown High School handbook states that "sexually explicit dancing will not be tolerated." According to a MHS Senior, Principal Gail Abromitis made an announcement at lunch that "grinding" would not be tolerated at the dance. The student said she has attended many dances throughout her four years at the school and she was not aware of any issues in the past. Abromitis …