SAN DIEGO - A second member of the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education called Thursday for a review of punishment meted out to more than 30 Scripps Ranch High School students who appeared on video performing a suggestive dance routine.
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Trustee Scott Barnett issued a statement through the district that called for a closed session discussion at the board's next regular meeting on May 14.
Barnett said, "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."
Parents and other students told local media outlets that the dancers and videographer were suspended for five days and could miss prom and might not be allowed to walk at graduation.
The video shows the students "twerking" while doing handstands, gyrating and shaking their hips in a sexually suggestive manner.
The story on the suspensions has received national attention.
10News learned the video was made on campus while school was in session.
On Wednesday, 10News showed the video to some spectators at the school's track meet who believe the punishment is severe.
"Maybe like not participating in a track meet is an OK punishment, but to go as far as taking away prom and the walk for graduation is kind of a big deal," said Michelle Bracaglia.
Christian Segura added, "I understand the school is mad because it's giving the school a bad name, but I think it should be based on the history of the students individually."
"The school board has not received a briefing yet and all I know is from media reports," Barnett said. "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."
He declined to discuss specifics about individual students. The district has refused to comment on the suspensions.
On Wednesday, Trustee Kevin Beiser also called for a review of the suspensions by the school board.
10News looked through the Scripps Ranch High School student handbook and found it clearly states that when it comes to school dances, students must refrain from dance moves that may be considered sexually provocative or simulate sexual activity, for example, grinding, freaking or dirty dancing.
The dance performed in the video was not at a school dance, but nonetheless on the campus.
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