A northwest suburban Chicago high school has become the nation's latest to approve a ban against "grinding" and other moves simulating sex acts at school dances.
Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., will no longer stand for that sort of dirty dancing. According to the Chicago Tribune, as of the Girls' Choice Dance last Saturday, each dance attendee will be granted a wristband upon entry. If any attendees are caught dancing inappropriately, their wristbands will be removed. If caught a second time, they will be asked to leave and will also face later discipline.
(Scroll down to watch a report on the school's new grinding ban.)
As the Daily Herald reports, other suburban districts have also cracked down on grinding, "jooking," a dance style that originated in Memphis, and other gyrating, bending over and rubbing dance moves. Last year, high schools in Mundelein and Geneva also introduced similar rules governing school dances.
Some Maine West students interviewed by Fox Chicago disagreed with the new rule and attendance was reportedly down at the first dance held under the policy.
"Your back side is rubbing on the front of him, so that's the problem," one student told Fox. "I don't think we're doing anything bad but they do."
But school administrators disagree. The school district's spokesman Dave Beery told CBS Chicago that, while the inappropriate dancing was previously a more isolated concern, it has grown more popular recently, thanks to its prevalence in music videos, movies and television.
In response to the news, grinding proponents at Chicagoist assembled a Spotify playlist of their favorite "boner jams."
WATCH students react to Maine West High School's anti-grinding policy:
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