Footloose High? Manchester High ‘bans’ dancing, but kids won’t stop
Some Manchester Township High School students say they're experiencing their own version of "Footloose" — following a "ban" on dancing in school.
Principal Dennis Adams, said in a statement students began to have "dance offs" in the hallways of the school that grew into large gatherings of students that blocked hallways and prevented students from getting to class.
"To proactively address this, I made an announcement at the beginning of period 5/6 to let students know that there was to be no more dancing in the building," wrote Adams, who said six students were suspended because of the incident — three students for refusing to leave the area and three for videotaping and refusing to stop.
Adams specified that the ban included the cafeteria because "the environment is one with many students in one location and can quickly escalate." The ban does not include dances, proms, talent shows "and other suitable settings" according to Adams, who suggested students start a dance club to show off their dancing.
Students are using #freeWBWA, or "white boys with attitude" to express their frustration with the decision and are making comparisons the 1984 movie "Footloose" in which Ren McCormick, a Chicago teen, moves to a small town where dancing is banned.
It's not known what prompted the students to hold hold dance-offs at the school; a call to Adams has not yet been returned.
Patch reported Thursday kids continued to Tweet that they were defying the ban, and extra school security had been brought in to address it.