School's decision to ban 'dirty dancing' leads to boycott

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- A dispute over dirty dancing at Port Angeles High School has led to a student boycott, and the move is taking money away from the student body

School administrators have decided there will no more "freak dancing" during school functions, including all school dances.

"I think at some point you have to draw the line and say this is acceptable on a public dance floor and this is not," said deputy superintendent Michelle Reid.

But some students think administrators are stuck in the past.

"Square dancing and all those things, those were fun back in the day, but we're a new generation and we do things a little differently," said student Terrance Stevenson.

Stevenson, a senior at the school, was kicked out of a dance earlier this year for "grinding" with his dance partner. Several dozen of his friends walked out with him in protest.

Stevenson hasn't attended any dances since he was asked to leave, and organizers at the school say attendance has plummeted because of what students see has a zero-tolerance policy on dirty dancing.

"It was kind of like asking them to quit cold turkey, so that really upset a lot of the students," said student government officer Laurel Jenkans.

The drop off in attendance is hurting students financially, and last week's "Spring Fling" dance was canceled after only 15 tickets were sold. The student government uses profits from ticket sales for all kinds of student activities.

"The ASB helps pay for all the sports teams, pays for the athletes and coaches, as well as the musicians that go to state," Jenkans said.

Administrators say they will not relax their ban on suggestive dancing, but they will work with students to explain and enforce the policy more reasonably before the next dance.