Students Resist 'Face to Face' Dirty Dancing Policy

"We all feel that we were treated as if we were bad kids. We hate that, especially seniors feel like our year has been ruined!" she wrote. "Compare to other schools, we believe that we are great kids and that we deserve to have any other dances without attend any of lessons."

Oleksiyenko also suggested that if enough kids decide not to attend the dances because of the new rules they'd have house parties instead, most likely with drugs and alcohol.

"To do the drugs and alcohol at the party is MORE awful thing to do than to do small dirty dance at the school," she said.

Student Resistance

Oleksiyenko is one of several student members of a new Facebook group dedicated to speaking out against the Prairie High School's new dance policies.

Sarah Rebello, a 16-year-old junior, said she does not plan to comply with any of the new rules.

"I as well as many other students will just not go to any of the dances, we'll have our own dances," she told via e-mail.

Senior Gavin Connor, 17, said he's still not sure what to make of the new rules, but the administration "has gone overboard."

"I agree that action needs to be taken because I personally don't enjoy seeing people looking like they're humping each other at the dances and after several warnings, but I think the administration has taken it way too far by punishing everyone at school, cancelling some of the dances, and making us take some asinine class about dancing appropriately," he wrote to via e-mail.

Both Oleksiyenko and Connor said they are concerned about the fate of their prom, scheduled for the spring.

"Prom is very special dance event of the year, why would anyone take that away?" Oleksiyenko questioned.

Been There, Done That

It has been nearly a year since dirty dancing sparked a heated debate among the students at John Glenn High School in Bay City, Mich., and their new principal, Beth Robb.

Robb told that her first dance at her new school was last fall's homecoming dance.

"I was appalled because I had never seen anything like this," she said.

Robb said she met with some student leaders and made announcement upon announcement that students who did not dance appropriately at the next event -- the Sadie Hawkins Dance in February of this year -- would be asked to leave.

Within 10 minutes of the music starting, Robb said she had to ask a student to leave, prompting a mass exodus of more than 200 students. A subsequent community forum with school leaders, parents and students made the situation worse, with parents angry that their children had been censored.

Robb said it wasn't until she held another meeting -- though far fewer attended -- where student senate representatives demonstrated what she calls "bumping and grinding" that parents understood the problem.

By the end of the year, the students began complying with Robb's directives and the prom went off without a hitch. The only reprimands that occurred at this year's homecoming dance, she said, were for freshman testing their limits.

"I think it's a trend across the nation, but I don't know where it came from," she said. "I'm sorry to hear it's becoming a problem for other high schools."

Learning the Rules

Perrins said he wants the Prairie High School students to have dances and to enjoy them. But students will have to earn future dances by behaving at them.

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