A group of Illinois high school students is planning on holding their own, alternative homecoming dance off-campus after their school district announced plans to crack down on a dance known as “grinding.”
“Grinding” is a form of dancing where the dancers dance with one behind the other, usually (but not always) in close contact with each other, that simulates a sex act, according to Urban Dictionary. Moline-Coal Valley School District superintendent Dave Moyer told the Quad-City Dispatch-Argus that he will be having none of that.
“Students will be expected to act appropriately in public and at a school-sponsored activity.Administration will use proper judgment when supervising as they always do.”
High school student Savanna Spriet told WQAD (Quad Cities) that she thinks “grinding” isn’t really appropriate for a homecoming dance, either. At least, not when there are chaperones.
“It’s just really inappropriate. You don’t want to do it around your parents.”
Still, telling a bunch of teenagers that they can’t do something apparently just makes them want to do it that much more. Several students began organizing an alternative homecoming dance, where grinding will presumably be allowed, if not encouraged, at a location off-campus. They took to Twitter to spread the word.
Moline kids are making an anti-homecoming because the school added a no grinding rule.
— Torti (@steward_44) October 2, 2014
The Moline Club, which is hosting the Anti-Hoco (as the kids are calling it), is making sure that there will be security, and that they’ll be checking ID’s to make sure it’s only high school kids at the party.
An e-mail sent by school officials made it clear to parents that the Anti-Hoco dance is not an official school function, and that anything that happens there is outside of the school’s reach to deal with.
“It is important that parents and guardians are aware that the ‘Anti-Homecoming’ dance is not a school-sponsored or school-endorsed activity. There will be no MHS staff in attendance, and the Moline (s)chool district is not liable for any incident that might occur at this event.”
In other words, as Savanna puts it, it’s like homecoming, only there will be no parents and teachers killing the kids’ buzz.
“It’s basically the same exact thing, only they get to dance the way they want to and not have to be watched.”
The Moline Anti-Hoco is not the first time a group of high school students has organized an alternative event after school officials rained on their parade. Last year, according to this Inquisitr report, students at a Georgia school held an “Integrated Prom” to protest their school’s decades-old tradition of holding segregated proms.
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