High School Students Suspended For Twerking, Diplo Weighs In

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Diplo's "Express Yourself" video. (Courtesy of Mad Decent Records)

Diplo’s “Express Yourself” video. (Courtesy of Mad Decent Records)

What started as a fun albeit suggestive dance video has resulted in more than two dozen San Diego high school students being suspended and banned from attending this year’s prom or commencement ceremonies (reports have anywhere from 31 to 33 students affected).

Created by students at Scripps Ranch High School in the conservative Northeast San Diego area (it’s both a National Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished school), the video depicts scores of female students engaged in the dance known as “twerking,” which has been described as “the rhythmic gyrating of the lower [body] in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in the intended audience.”

The suggestive dance recently made headlines when pop star Miley Cyrus released a bizarre video performing the dance while wearing a unicorn onesie.

While students have expressed outrage at being so severely disciplined for the video (which was produced on campus for a media class), the school’s student handbook explicitly prohibits “verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting.” The video was shot and edited on school property.

The handbook (which students are required to sign) also states that any student who engages in a “major disruption” on campus are subject to a five-day suspension, being moved to a different school or even arrested.

See Diplo’s reaction on Radio.com

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