- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2001

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Teen-agers slip their hands down one anothers waistbands. Hips grind together. Guys lie on the floor with girls straddling them.
High school students call it dirty dancing, freaking, booty dancing — or just dancing.
School officials say its sex with clothes on. And some schools around the country are cracking down.
"Its simulated sex on the dance floor," said Miles Burrell, 45, a school dance chaperone at Norristown Area High School, outside Philadelphia. "Anybody with morals, who brings their kids up in any Christian family, would stop that kind of thing."
Some schools have canceled all dances except the prom. Others have issued strict rules. One school required students to pass a quiz about dance-floor behavior before allowing them to attend a dance.
Suburban schools especially are struggling with how to restrict dance moves that are common on television and in dance clubs and movies.
"They emulate the MTV and dance videos, and we feel thats not appropriate," said development director Kathy Leboeuf at Gabriel Richard High School in Riverview, Mich., which instituted the quiz.
A high school in Brown Deer, Wis., has thrown students out of dances, sent letters home to parents and threatened to suspend youths caught dirty dancing.
Dances have been canceled altogether at a few schools in suburban Los Angeles; Iowa City, Iowa; Anchorage, Alaska; and Bethany, Ky., among others.
"Basically its just grinding, bumping, imitating some sexual behavior," said Emily James, a sophomore at Norristown Area High. "Its not as bad as they make it sound. I dont think it leads to sex. Were just trying to have fun."


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