The Brainerd High School dance Friday for Winter Wonder Week was shut down an hour early after a small group of students were acting inappropriately, said BHS Principal Andrea Rusk.
Rusk said the small group of about 20 students was acting inappropriately, such as “grinding” on the dance floor and being disrespectful. Rusk said when a song came on that the group of students didn’t like, they sat down on the floor. Rusk said the small group only made up about 10 percent of the student population who attended the dance in the high school’s A Commons. The dance was sponsored by the school’s Student Council and Class Cabinet.
“The students were given a couple of warnings, but they did not stop their behavior,” said Rusk. “The dance started at 8 (p.m.) and was shut down at 10:30 (p.m.) after the adviser of the dance made a decision to end it early.”
Rusk said some of the students and their parents will be contacted about the behavior.
This is not the high school’s first time this school year dealing with inappropriate behavior at the school dances. During the school’s homecoming dance in October, there were several complaints about teens “bumping and grinding” on the dance floor that were anonymously submitted to the Dispatch’s Vox Pop column and comments left on the Dispatch’s website. At the time, Rusk received one anonymous complaint.
Rusk said the school has been more cautious about school dances since the homecoming dance. Rusk said the school encourages students to attend the dances and to have fun, and for the most part, the students are on their best behavior.
Rusk said the next school dance will be prom. Rusk said if any student engages in inappropriate behavior at a future dance, they will be directed to leave the dance and parents will be contacted. The school does not intend to end a dance early for the actions of a small group.