SOUND OFF: How Should Schools Handle 'Grinding' at Dances?

Some Rhode Island students were made to leave a homecoming dance early after protesting their school's "no-grinding" policy.

A Rhode Island high school is under scrutiny after administrators cut short a homecoming dance this weekend.

Middletown High School dismissed students from the dance early because of "unsafe behavior by students who did not agree with the no-grinding rule as outlined in the Middletown High School handbook," the district announced in a statement Sunday.

According to Middletown Patch, the DJ told some students they were not allowed to make song requests and that he only played music they could not dance to. Eventually, the students sat on the floor in protest and began to chant expletives.

The dance was scheduled to end at 11 p.m., but students were dismissed around 9:30 p.m. 

The school is now being criticized both for its policy on grinding and dismissing the students early.

What do you think? Should schools crack down on sexually explicit dancing among students? Or, is a policy against such dancing going overboard? Tell us in the comments.

Kim Comatas October 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
"unsafe behavior by students who did not agree with the no-grinding rule as outlined in the Middletown High School handbook," the district announced in a statement Sunday. Wow - I can't imagine how many kids a year are transported to area hospitals due to "grinding accidents." Seriously?
Ben Jackson October 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Well, I sure wanted to grind when I was 14. Kids will continue to want this. The difficulty is allowing kids the room to grow into healthy sexual adults in a safe manner. This does start at home - with parents being willing and open to having sometimes and frank talks with kids about sex, and not letting their kids see it as a huge deal. The bigger deal we make of it, the bigger deal it will seem to kids. Break up inappropriate actions in inappropriate places. Give kids honest education on sex, including birth control as well as honest potential consequences - don't make it into scare tactics. Don't, don't force abstinence-only education on everyone. It never has worked, it never will work. Adults telling teenagers to ignore their biology and then refusing to educate them on the hows and whys is ludicrous.
The Troll of Northborough October 17, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Cant they just hold hands and think pure thoughts as they listen to some Frank Zappa's Joes Garage in the smoke filled basement?
Sara October 18, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Are you kidding me Bill and Charlie? In these enlightened times you are really going to say it's the girls fault for making the boys grind? This is the same perpetuated Neanderthal thinking that blames women for being raped. "Golly gee, your honor if she just wasn't dressed that way I wouldn't have been forced to do it." It's called personal responsibility, which girls AND boys should be taught. I understand that this dancing happened with both kids involved, but how a girl/woman is dressed is NEVER an excuse for inappropriate or violent actions by boys/men.
Charlie Schnapps October 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Sara, I missed the part where I said, or the article said, that the boys were the perpetrators of this "grinding." The saying it takes two to tango (grind) is appropriate here. Your statement makes it seem as if these poor, unsuspecting girls are just minding their own business while these animalistic boys start rubbing up against them. Boys and girls are equally disgusting at dances. I maintain that these girls dress too provocatively for their age. Your comparison with Neanderthal thinking about rape is quite a stretch.


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