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OUR VIEW: No call for grinding at school dances

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opinion Mitchell, 57301

Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By The Daily Republic editorial board

Teenagers in Grand Forks, N.D., have created a stir with some provocative moves at a high school dance.

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Earlier this month, students at Red River High School walked out of a school dance when chaperones demanded the kids stop grinding on the dance floor. Evidently, those North Dakota kids took dirty dancing to a new level, and the adults put a stop to it.

When that happened, the teens walked out en masse.

Good for the adults for standing their ground. School dances are a grand tradition and should continue, but we see no reason to allow grinding on school property.

It appears we've become classic fuddy-duddies. It doesn't seem that long ago that the editorial board of The Daily Republic attended high school dances. It's very possible we intentionally danced a bit close, too, and it's very possible we were reminded to allow a little air to creep in between us and our dates.

Be that as it may, it doesn't make it right, and now that we're grown-ups, we're all for maintaining a semblance of respect and order at high school dances.

It's homecoming week in Mitchell, and a dance will follow Friday's football game. Superintendent Joe Graves tells us the district doesn't issue a set list of rules, since doing so "will always mean you are two steps behind the latest fad."

Well, the latest fad is grinding and "twerking." For the readers who don't know what that means, we'll just say it's something that would possibly burn the retinas of the Greatest Generation. Anyone who really wants to learn about it should find a video clip of Mylie Cyrus dancing at the recent MTV Video Music Awards show.

At MHS, Graves said students are well aware that inappropriate behavior isn't tolerated at school dances. Chaperones will address concerns as needed, and will redirect behavior that is deemed inappropriate.

Graves told us that "twerking and other types of grinding are not tolerated."

By the way, this argument isn't anything new. Perhaps some of our own readers may have once mimicked Elvis Presley's wagging hips at a dance or two in the 1950s. By today's standards, that wouldn't be a big deal, but we suspect it sure was back then.

History shows us that most kids will find places to dance, grind, twerk, gyrate, neck and make out no matter what rules or expectations we have for them.

But we see no reason for those activities to take place on school grounds under the noses of teachers, administrators and chaperones who are expected by parents to be in control.

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