This is not what parents send their children to school to study. A disgraceful 'twerking' video got 33 students suspended from Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego after the viral video was brought to the school administration's attention.
Gawker.com reports that some 33 media students -- mostly girls -- were suspended for an array of school violations. The school's zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy prohibits "verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting."
The twerking video was filmed on the school's campus during school hours. 'Twerking' is slang for a dance that involves sexually suggestive gyrating movements of the hips, buttocks and pelvic areas.
Many Scripps Ranch students took to social media following the suspension to express their displeasure.
"Suspended, banned from prom, and prevented from walking at graduation all because of an awesome twerk video," tweeted one student, according to NBC 7. "I don't understand."
Another suspended student tweeted: "Suspended for twerking. What do I do? Twerk. At the beach. I twerk at the beach."
Supporters of the twerkers have also been voicing their disbelief along with the hashtag "#freethetwerkteam."
Meanwhile, parents are saying that the school should not have suspended the students, but rather used the incident "as a teaching moment to remind students that when a person is videotaped, he/she never knows where it’s going to go."
At least one school board member, Scott Barnett, plans to bring up the twerking video at Tuesday's board meeting to ensure that the punishment fit the crime.
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