When Susan Schmaeling’s 16-year-old son complained to her that the priests chaperoning his Catholic high school’s dance didn’t allow him and other students to grind, she fought her impulse to scream. Instead, she tried to stay calm yet be very direct in her response.
“I told him that grinding is not an appropriate manner of dance,” says Schmaeling, a Houston mother of two, adding: “I’m old enough to be a grandmother but you’re not old enough to be a father.”
Across the nation, public schools have been putting the brakes on grinding — also known as freak dancing — where partners repeatedly rub their pelvises together in a sexually suggestive manner. Some schools have canceled dances altogether. Others are implementing dress codes and even requiring students to sign agreements that spell out acceptable behavior. And some schools are turning to more unconventional means, such as Pacific Hills School in West Hollywood’s recent threat to turn up the lights and play Burt Bacharach if students started to grind, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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