Well, this is one way to try and keep high school dances squeaky clean.
Two Colorado mothers were hit with harassment charges after chaperoning the Manitou Springs High School prom on April 21. Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey, both 42, reportedly sprayed Lysol aerosol disinfectant on teenage couples who they caught “dirty dancing,” and called some girls “sluts and whores” and “dirty,” according to a police report obtained by the Smoking Gun.
Farmer and Rockey were wearing military fatigues and combat boots as they patrolled the dance. Officer Scott Stone, who was working as a security guard at the prom, told law enforcement that he saw the women when he arrived at the dance, and that they mentioned that “some of the kids were becoming disruptive and were being explicit while dancing.”
Farmer, a former school board member, told Stone that she had ways to deal with inappropriate behavior at dances, and that she “would use Lysol spray, flashlight, or another unknown object” to stop the teenagers “from certain styles of dancing.”
The women called the behavior “filthy” and “similar to what you would see on MTV.” Farmer and Rockey remarked to Stone that the dancing made the girls appear “trashy, dirty, and whorish.”
Stone did not see anything out of the ordinary, so he left the auditorium. That is when, according to several police reports, the chaperones sprayed Lysol on couples who were engaged in behavior that they deemed inappropriate. The disinfectant got into the eyes and mouths of some of the dancers, who were forced to leave the dance floor or the prom altogether.
Several witnesses backed up the reports, as well as two school administrators who said that the chaperones admitted to spraying Lysol on the high schoolers.
Farmer and Rockey were charged with harassment, specifically for directing “obscene language to another in a public place” for calling underage girls “sluts” and “whores.”
The women deny the Lysol allegations. Farmer is scheduled to appear El Paso County Court on June 29, while Rockey is due in court on July 10.