On Wednesday, Gawker received a letter from a 16-year-old student at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pennsylvania. It seems as though the school has banned grinding from school dances. If you're unfamiliar with grinding, we implore you to stop being such a coward. Anyway, here is the student's letter, presented in its entirety, because all of the content is golden.
My high school in Mt. Lebanon, PA has decided to ban the dance form of grinding from our school dances. In case you don't know what grinding is, basically it's when a guy stands in back of the girl and the girl harmlessly moves her butt from side to side across the guy's crotch to the beat of the music. Nothing more than teenagers letting out a little sexual frustration, right? Well my high school principal, Mr. McFeeley (I cannot make that name up) decided to ban grinding at all future dances. Apparently the behavior was deemed wildly inappropriate and overly sexual by concerned parents and teachers, so naturally he decided to ban it. However, I, like nearly the entire student body, feel that the banning on the style of dance that does not hurt anyone is quite absurd and think the administration should be focusing more on the small group of students that consistently shows up to dances completely trashed, which can potentially endanger many people's lives. It's spawning an interesting debate in my school district, as the majority of kids (like me) who just like to (without drugs and alcohol) let off a little steam and let out some pent-up sexual frustration at dances are now contending with the prudent adults. I feel that especially since teenager's are more pressured than ever to do well in high school, doing a little dirty dancing two Saturdays a year is not worth the district's time and attention, unlike more pressing issues such as teen drinking. Here are the screenshots from the email everyone at the high school (parents, students, teachers, and administrators) received last Friday, October 19:
I hope you find this new piece worth your time, because I think it is an excellent insight into the current high schooler's battle between trying to have the fun few years pop-culture tells us we should and the overwhelming pressure we feel to get into a good college. Thanks for reading. Sincerely, [Redacted] Age 16, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The student makes valid points. Why do people find something wrong with a little bump and grind? We don't see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind.
Some schools might not be cool with their dances looking like a Hot Boy$ video circa 1999, so if they want to tell the kids to tone it down, we get it. However, outlawing a non-issue when there are a bigger fish to fry is a waste of time. But hey, what do we know? We're part of the "grinding" generation.