Students suspended for “twerking”

SCRIPPS RANCH, Calif. – Dozens of students at Scripps Ranch High School were suspended after appearing in a video posted on YouTube.

33 students were put on a 5 day suspension and may also miss prom and graduation for “twerking”.

“I think it’s a little bit ridiculous that these kids are getting suspended for 5 seconds of their time,” said Lindsey Le, student.

TTwerking picwerking is a dance where a person moves their hips and bottom up and down in a suggestive fashion.

The video made on school grounds and with school equipment has now garnered national attention, but it’s attention the school does not want.  Friday, security guarded the campus from media and even told students to keep quiet.

“I think it’s a little ridiculous that they’re telling us not to talk to you,” said one student.

District officials told Fox 5 they are prohibited by federal law to comment on student discipline.

Trustee Scott Barnett is the second board member to come forward calling for a review of punishment.

In a statement, he wrote:

“As a father of two teen-aged daughters, I take issues of proper conduct and discipline very seriously.  At the same time, I need to be satisfied that the consequences of these actions are reasonable and proportionate.

Fox 5 spoke to Ron Maghsoodi after school Friday.  He has both a son and a daughter at the school.

“I wouldn’t agree with what the kids are doing, but I’m not going to be too harsh on it either,” said Maghsoodi.

Students said harsh doesn’t even begin to describe it.

“Suspending them because they made a video is a little ridiculous,” said one student.

“I feel bad.  They can’t graduate right now, hopefully they can work it out,” said Le.

The board is expected to take up the discussion at the May 14th closed door session.

Students in the video over 18 years old were offered free tickets to Diplo’s concert at Valley View Casino.  Diplo is the musician behind the song and video.