A pair of teachers at Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Miss. made a big local splash this week when they decided to twerk in front of a classroom full of students.
The twerking teachers are Greg Abernathy and Connie Lambert, reports local ABC affiliate WATN.
Abernathy is bent over in front, gleefully throwing his ass around.
That’s Lambert behind him in a yellow shirt, waving her hands in the air like she just doesn’t care.
Students responded by laughing and covering their mouths in shock. At least one student whipped out a camera and began filming for posterity. That video then became a local viral sensation.
The local CBS affiliate, WREG, notes that Abernathy and Lambert performed the crude dance because — brilliantly — they wanted to warn students about what it looks like when people dance crudely.
“The two teachers had good intentions to show how silly students look when they dance in inappropriate ways,” Allyson Killough, Olive Branch High Principal, told WREG. “This video was taken out of context.”
Abernathy is a math teacher, according to the school’s website. Lambert teaches social studies.
The website Urbandictionary.com helpfully defines “twerking” as “basically a slutty dance” that involves “the act of moving/shaking ones ass/buns/bottom/buttocks/bum-bum in a circular, up-and-down, and side-to-side motion.”
The salacious dance move has been a persistent topic of scorn ever since pop star Miley Cyrus performed her infamous twerk routine live during the MTV Video Music Awards back in August.
The incident in Olive Branch may be the first one in which teachers have performed the highly sexual dance move for the ostensible benefit of students.
Usually, school officials are banning twerking.
In October, for example, two Maryland high schools banned twerking at their respective homecoming dances. (RELATED: Maryland high schools ban twerking at high school dances)
Also in October, a student at Millennium High School in New York City created a “Twerk Team sign-up sheet.” It turned out to be a either a joke or a misunderstanding. (RELATED: Is there a high school twerk team now?)
In May of last year, nearly three dozen media class students at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego were suspended and banned from prom and commencement exercises after they allegedly used school equipment to film a twerking video, then posted it on YouTube. (RELATED: High schoolers who made YouTube twerking video fight prom, commencement ban [VIDEO])