Students in ‘twerking’ video will have records expunged

SAN DIEGO — The school records of 31 Scripps Ranch High School students involved in a “twerking” video are being expunged.

twerkingIn April, the video was posted on YouTube. The school suspended and charged the students with sexual harassment.

Ruth Hargrove, attorney and professor at California Western School of Law, said the agreement was reached Thursday with the San Diego Unified School District. School officials said they will erase all records of disciplinary action related to the incident.

Hargrove represented three female students who were juniors when the incident happened.

“They have really been through an awful lot in the past four months,” said Hargrove. “They have been through an enormous amount. They have been publicly vilified. They have been called all kinds of names by all kinds of people.”

Officials with San Diego Unified would not talk to Fox 5 on camera, but did release this statement:  “After further review, a mutual agreement has been reached that is in the best interest of the students and the district. The parents, students, school and district are ready to move beyond this incident and focus on the upcoming school year. The district cannot provide any further details since this is a student discipline issue and therefore confidential.”

Hargrove filed two appeals prior to the agreement.

“There are two ways you can go through the school district policies to do appeals,” said Hargrove. “And we did both of them and we were on the verge of going to court if we had continued losing.”

Moving forward Hargrove said she hopes the school district will implement some policy changes.

“I look forward to having the school resolve some of the internal issues that propelled this and to changing some of their processes,” said Hargrove. “I think they will.”


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