San Diego Students Suspended for Making ‘Twerking’ Video on Campus [Video]

A group of San Diego students has been suspended for shooting a video on campus of teens involved in “twerking.”

A group of more than 30 students were suspended Tuesday for sexual harassment after a music video was uploaded to YouTube. In the video, shot with school equipment and on school property, San Diego High School students are shown “twerking” to music by the artist YG.

The students involved in the video vary from freshmen to seniors. Because of the school’s special rules regarding senior activities, some of the “twerkers” are also banned from attending prom or walking at graduation.

According to NBC 7 San Diego, one Scripps Ranch mother whose child was pulled out of class to help a classmate produce his final project for media class said she was very disturbed by the clip.

“The fact that it happened on school campus, during class time, is even worse,” she said. “This took place over the course of three to four weeks so what I want to know is, none of the teachers saw this? Where was security? Where was the video teacher?”

Other parents and students have revealed to reporters that the dancers believed the classmate was making the video as a school project. But teenagers had no idea that he was going to upload the video to the YouTube and add the music with offensive language.

San Diego Unified Board Member Kevin Beiser said the A-V teacher provided the students with a task to shoot a music video so it would not be so unusual for students to be videotaping on campus.

Beiser went on, explaining that the so-called “twerking” – especially while doing a handstand – is inappropriate at school and the kids know what they are doing when they are doing that.

One of the students’ parents revealed to the media that her call to the superintendent has not been returned. She said she’s unsure whether her daughter can still go to prom.

“You get one shot at these things in life. You don’t get do-overs with proms and graduations and things like that. I think that is excessive. Yes there should be punishment. They should’ve known better… but they’re teenagers,” she said.

Beiser said the school authorities who submit a letter admitting the mistake as part of the appeal process will most likely be able to go to prom or commencement.

San Diego Unified School District refused to comment on the issue and said nothing of the teacher’s role in the video production saying the district will not discuss student discipline.

SDUSD trustee Scott Barnett issued the following statement Thursday:

“As a father of two teen-aged daughters (in a different high school in San Diego Unified) I take issues of proper conduct and discipline very seriously; at the same time I need to be satisfied that the consequences of these actions are reasonable and proportionate. I have asked that the board discuss this at our next, regular closed session meeting scheduled on Tuesday, May 14.”

The Scripps Ranch HS student handbook specifically outlines its sexual harassment policy prohibiting “verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting.”

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