Student ‘twerkers’ allowed to walk at graduation

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SAN DIEGO – Seniors at Scripps Ranch High School graduated Tuesday night, including half a dozen students who were reprimanded after they participated in a racy dance video.

Six seniors nearly missed the opportunity to take part in the graduation ceremony at Viejas Arena on the San Diego State University campus after they took part in a twerking video that showed dozens of students gyrating their hips in a suggestive dance move.

graduationThe video was created by students during school hours, on school grounds, and with school equipment, before it went viral.

“They got Scripps Ranch on the map,” said Kairssa Qui, who graduated from Scripps Ranch High School in 2012.

But school officials didn’t quite see it that way.  According to them, the students had violated a school policy prohibiting major disruptions at school.  They suspended more than 30 students who took part in the video and banned them from prom.

“I think it could have been handled differently. They could have taken different measures,” said Darcie Roark, who attended the graduation.

The San Diego Unified School District told Fox 5 it could not discuss student discipline issues with us.

Students and parents said after much controversy the school board did allow the students to participate in graduation.

“I’m glad the parents stood up against the school board, the high school, and administration,” said Roark.

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