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There is now a precedent for what happens if you are caught twerking in an academic setting: You will be suspended. You will be publically shamed. You will [insert something bad here]. So, at this point, if you decide to hit the books then werk that twerk, you are either dumb or taking a stand for something you strongly believe in.
Is twerking your civil rights issue?
Either way, Annapolis High School in Maryland is trying to nip the twerking problem in the bud, before anyone is suspended or publically shamed—by forcing the students and their parents to sign a "dance contract."
"By now, a lot of people have heard of twerking because it's been in the news a lot lately," CBS Eye Witness News correspondent Monique Griego explained. LOLZ the news these days, right? Twerking, sandwiched right there between the economy and foreign affairs.
Griego continued, "It's definitely one of the dance moves that is banned in this new contract and the guidelines are very clear: If you don't get it signed, you won't be allowed in."
The contract dictates that students "demonstrate good character" and "the manner of dancing with be appropriate for a school function. No sexually explicit dancing will be tolerated." (All emphasis is theirs.)
Sexually explicit dancing is defined as the following:
Grinding or any other dancing that can be construed as vulgar or provocative.
Intimate touching of the breasts, buttocks, or genitals, or that stimulates sexual activity.
Buttocks touching a partner or in the air.
Making out (prolonged public displays of affection).
"The schools have to do something like this," parent Bill Wink told CBS. "Whether it will be 100 percent effective, I doubt it." Us neither, Mr. Wink. Students caught twerking or otherwise dirty dancing will be removed from the dance.
"This, unfortunately, has become the norm. Some of this crazy dancing makes others feel uncomfortable," Annapolis Principal Susan Chittim told The Capital Gazette. "Some kids feel left out because of the dancing that occurs."
Ugh, one non-twerker has to ruin it for everybody else.
CBS reports that nine of 12 schools in the district utilize a dance contract. Which means if you wanna get ratchet in Annapolis, you better find a date at one of the three schools that doesn't!