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Maryland high schools ban twerking at high school dances

Two high schools in Anne Arundel County, Md. have banned twerking at their respective homecoming dances.

Students who attend the homecoming dance at Annapolis High School must agree to “no grinding, intimate touching or dancing with your buttocks touching or in the air,” reports The Washington Times. Parents must also agree to these terms.

The same ban is also in place at South River High School, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Sun noted that buttocks “facing a partner” is also grounds for removal.

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 in the news a lot recently, ever since pop star Miley Cyrus performed her infamous twerk routine live in the MTV Video Music Awards back in August.

Bob Mosier, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, told The Sun that area high schools have banned simulated sex at dances for years along with alcohol, drugs and much else.

“There’s no question that the provocative nature of dancing has increased in the past five years, ten years,” Mosier said. “This is an attempt to create events that are safe and enjoyable for the entire student body.”

Students who twerk at dances will be kicked out, Mosier added. School officials will also call their parents and ask them come to pick their kids up.

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