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'Twerking' video has students in hot water

May 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM   |   Comments

SCRIPPS RANCH, Calif., May 7 (UPI) -- Some of the 31 California high schoolers suspended for a lewd dance video made with school equipment may have their punishments reduced, school officials said.

The students who made the video, which is set to hip-hop and shows girls "twerking" -- a dance where the girls rapidly shake their posteriors while doing a handstand or crouching -- have been suspended. Six are seniors who likely won't be allowed to participate in end-of-the-year activities such as prom or commencement, district officials said.

Parents, however, have the right to appeal a child's suspension. Several have been granted a disciplinary hearing with the school. If they don't agree with the punishment thereafter, parents can appeal directly to the school board, which is expected to discuss the punishments behind closed doors at a meeting Tuesday.

"The appeals process is taking place at the high school this week," said Linda Zintz, a spokeswoman for the San Diego Unified School District. "That is standard procedure. Parents can then appeal to the school board if they are unsatisfied."

Superintendent Bill Kowba called the video "sensational and scandalous."

The students at Scripps Ranch High School outside San Diego are generally known for their academic prowess. U-T San Diego said their story about the video, which was posted to YouTube but subsequently removed, generated the most web traffic of any story this year.

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