Comments on: High School Students Suspended for ‘Twerking’ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/ The latest Headlines, news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:40:34 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: DaniD http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-11027841 DaniD Thu, 09 May 2013 20:33:16 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-11027841 Oh for the love of everything, suspension is too far, I understand detention or something else, but not letting them walk, or go to prom? That is over the top. The only people who are the blame are the kids, and so what, they did something wrong, give them detention or Saturday school, they understand what they did wrong, and they are owning up for it that way. The school board is going over the top with this, and it is ignorant. Oh for the love of everything, suspension is too far, I understand detention or something else, but not letting them walk, or go to prom? That is over the top. The only people who are the blame are the kids, and so what, they did something wrong, give them detention or Saturday school, they understand what they did wrong, and they are owning up for it that way. The school board is going over the top with this, and it is ignorant.

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By: fedup http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-11005548 fedup Sun, 05 May 2013 23:33:19 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-11005548 Exactly when is it expected that children should become accountable for their actions? When they become adults? When they are out on their own and out from under the shelter and responsibility of their parents? The onus isn’t on the school to forgive, forget, and sweep the incident under the rug. The onus is on the students to own up to what they did that was wrong, no matter how innocent or incidental they thought it was, no matter how unfair they think the punishment is. And especially if there was a published and official warning of the punishment of engaging in activities like that, they absolutely need to accept the repercussions, learn from the mistake of their impulsive actions, and move forward. If parents and the greater community look at the school administration as though it is archaic, prudish, and over-reacting, they are doing their children a disservice by showing them that they can do wrong and their parents will defend their wrong behavior. At my son’s middle school, any student who has recently been assigned to in-school or out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or after-school detention, is prohibited from attending any school activity, including, dances, parties, fundraisers, field trips, etc. and to me, it’s only fair. After all, what message does it send to the students who DO follow the rules and exercise self control at school when they see the kids who made poor choices enjoying the same privileges that they’ve earned? As far as “kids being kids” and “kids are going to do what they want to do, no matter what” and “at least they aren't doing drugs or worse things,”I don’t think that’s an intelligent way to rationalize what these kids have done. If you don’t intend to live or work around others in life, then I guess being socialized, following rules, and living up to standards of conduct is moot. But if you plan to blend in with society, live in communities around others, work with others, build a life with someone and merge into their family, you have to follow rules, laws, and basic standards of conduct. And not only that, but you have to care [to an extent] how others perceive you. If the school pursues the punishment of suspension, inability to attend prom, or attend commencement exercises, so be it. I bet in the future, these students will think twice before doing something impulsive and regretful if they have the memory of a severe punishment from the past that they had to endure. There are too many adults walking around today, many with children of their own, who still feel entitled to do whatever they want, say whatever they want, and treat people any way they wish, and expect others to just get over it. I hope the punishment these kids get will shape them in a way that will allow them to grow up not being one of those adults. Exactly when is it expected that children should become accountable for their actions? When they become adults? When they are out on their own and out from under the shelter and responsibility of their parents? The onus isn’t on the school to forgive, forget, and sweep the incident under the rug. The onus is on the students to own up to what they did that was wrong, no matter how innocent or incidental they thought it was, no matter how unfair they think the punishment is. And especially if there was a published and official warning of the punishment of engaging in activities like that, they absolutely need to accept the repercussions, learn from the mistake of their impulsive actions, and move forward. If parents and the greater community look at the school administration as though it is archaic, prudish, and over-reacting, they are doing their children a disservice by showing them that they can do wrong and their parents will defend their wrong behavior.
At my son’s middle school, any student who has recently been assigned to in-school or out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or after-school detention, is prohibited from attending any school activity, including, dances, parties, fundraisers, field trips, etc. and to me, it’s only fair. After all, what message does it send to the students who DO follow the rules and exercise self control at school when they see the kids who made poor choices enjoying the same privileges that they’ve earned?
As far as “kids being kids” and “kids are going to do what they want to do, no matter what” and “at least they aren’t doing drugs or worse things,”I don’t think that’s an intelligent way to rationalize what these kids have done. If you don’t intend to live or work around others in life, then I guess being socialized, following rules, and living up to standards of conduct is moot. But if you plan to blend in with society, live in communities around others, work with others, build a life with someone and merge into their family, you have to follow rules, laws, and basic standards of conduct. And not only that, but you have to care [to an extent] how others perceive you.
If the school pursues the punishment of suspension, inability to attend prom, or attend commencement exercises, so be it. I bet in the future, these students will think twice before doing something impulsive and regretful if they have the memory of a severe punishment from the past that they had to endure. There are too many adults walking around today, many with children of their own, who still feel entitled to do whatever they want, say whatever they want, and treat people any way they wish, and expect others to just get over it. I hope the punishment these kids get will shape them in a way that will allow them to grow up not being one of those adults.

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By: paprtowl http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-11005129 paprtowl Sun, 05 May 2013 21:24:52 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-11005129 sorry , i thought the retort back page headline was talking about congress . sorry , i thought the retort back page headline was talking about congress .

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By: Kelly Shoppell http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-11003776 Kelly Shoppell Sun, 05 May 2013 16:35:05 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-11003776 Totally repugnant. There should be a law it's only allowed on the Jerry Springer show. Totally repugnant. There should be a law it’s only allowed on the Jerry Springer show.

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By: Julie http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-11000927 Julie Sat, 04 May 2013 22:20:54 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-11000927 Standards are set low, so no one should be shocked when you get something low like this back. Standards need to be looked at more and set at home.While the school tries to set a standard, I don't think you should leave it up to them entirely. They can be trusted only to a degree, but not fully. We rely on the schools and government a little too much a lot of the time. @Baldur: Your rights are taken away in a school. There is no "freedom of speech" in a school. Standards are set low, so no one should be shocked when you get something low like this back. Standards need to be looked at more and set at home.While the school tries to set a standard, I don’t think you should leave it up to them entirely. They can be trusted only to a degree, but not fully. We rely on the schools and government a little too much a lot of the time.

@Baldur: Your rights are taken away in a school. There is no “freedom of speech” in a school.

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By: SanDiego http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-11000649 SanDiego Sat, 04 May 2013 20:58:06 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-11000649 @ J Robinson Well said. But a quick google search will reveal one of the problems. Look up ''Dad whips daughters for twerking''. This father was arrested on assault charges for good ole parenting. Our culture is so fixated on individualism and ''freedom to be stupid'' that it fuels ignorance and irresponsibility. MTV is now the parent in most American homes. @ J Robinson

Well said. But a quick google search will reveal one of the problems. Look up ”Dad whips daughters for twerking”.

This father was arrested on assault charges for good ole parenting. Our culture is so fixated on individualism and ”freedom to be stupid” that it fuels ignorance and irresponsibility. MTV is now the parent in most American homes.

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By: J Robinson http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-10999406 J Robinson Sat, 04 May 2013 15:32:43 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-10999406 @LISA GRIFFITH "If someone is going to hold kids to a higher standard, then school is a good place to start." Where did this way of thinking begin? Standards should be set in the home so that the school can do its job of education. @LISA GRIFFITH “If someone is going to hold kids to a higher standard, then school is a good place to start.” Where did this way of thinking begin? Standards should be set in the home so that the school can do its job of education.

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By: Baldur http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-10999368 Baldur Sat, 04 May 2013 15:18:41 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-10999368 Suspended for the video? Because that would be a clear violation of Freedom of Speech. Suspended for doing this on school grounds? Seems rather draconian. Either way it teaches the students an important lesson: Don't trust the authorities! Suspended for the video? Because that would be a clear violation of Freedom of Speech.

Suspended for doing this on school grounds? Seems rather draconian.

Either way it teaches the students an important lesson: Don’t trust the authorities!

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By: overdue http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-10998629 overdue Sat, 04 May 2013 11:12:25 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-10998629 @NyukNyukNyuk: "Everything our fathers fought for (WWII) is down the toilet." ?!?!!? What exactly did they "fight for" again?? They were fighting in Europe, remember??? To help Europeans defend themselves them against Germans and Russians, and to help stop the Holocaust. What's the connection between that this silly dance??? @NyukNyukNyuk: “Everything our fathers fought for (WWII) is down the toilet.” ?!?!!?
What exactly did they “fight for” again?? They were fighting in Europe, remember??? To help Europeans defend themselves them against Germans and Russians, and to help stop the Holocaust.
What’s the connection between that this silly dance???

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By: overdue http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/05/high-school-students-suspended-for-twerking/#comment-10998603 overdue Sat, 04 May 2013 11:07:22 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=478085#comment-10998603 Is twerking a gateway dance or something? What's the big deal? Suspended for THAT?? Ok, smoke or deal dope, get suspended or expelled. Same for fighting, tagging, vandalism, whatever. But suspended for a judgement call as subjective as a dance move??? What if someone decided eating jello was sexy, because Mormons eat jello and we know how good THEY are procreating! There must be something in jello that gets the boys and girls wanting more, right??? Is twerking a gateway dance or something?
What’s the big deal? Suspended for THAT?? Ok, smoke or deal dope, get suspended or expelled. Same for fighting, tagging, vandalism, whatever.

But suspended for a judgement call as subjective as a dance move???
What if someone decided eating jello was sexy, because Mormons eat jello and we know how good THEY are procreating!
There must be something in jello that gets the boys and girls wanting more, right???

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