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    Don’t let the name of the school fool you

    Date: 10.13.10 | by Judge Tom.

    This Saturday, October 16, 2010, is homecoming at Romeo High School in Michigan.  Concerned about sexually explicit dancing, the school board passed a policy requiring all students who attend the dance  and their parents to sign a contract.

    As principal Michael Kaufman stated  “It just comes down to what’s appropriate and not appropriate for a high school dance. . . .To some degree, it’s common sense.”  The idea for the contract was borrowed, he said, from other school districts.

    The contract forbids  “freaking, grinding or any other type of dancing which could be construed as vulgar or provocative.”

    The students will be given two wrist bands to wear.  The first violation means a warning and the loss of a wrist band.  A second incident results in expulsion from the dance and a call to the student’s parents.  No opposition from parents has been voiced regarding the policy.

    This is another situation where behavior has an affect on others.  Is it okay to make those around you uncomfortable by a display of sexual promiscuity?  Is “all the kids do it” or “it’s the latest style” an acceptable reason to do away with the policy?

    Personal displays of affection” at school have led to other school policies including hugging on campus being banned.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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