Sue Maguire: Principal Twerking Stance Gets Homecoming Dance Canceled

September 4, 2014 | By TheSpreadit More

Sue Maguire, a principal at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, Vermont is taking a strong stance against twerking. Maguire believes that twerking is really bad for her students, so she decided to cancel homecoming dance.

MAUHS principal Sue Maguire twerking ban has earned her praises and criticisms. Maguire does not care because she believes what she is doing is in the best interest of her students.

Some people at the school did not share her views, a petition was even started by students who believe that she should have looked for a compromise instead of canceling the dance.

Miley Cyrus’ twerking ways are to blamed for what is happening at the Vermont high school. That’s in essence what Maguire had to say when she replied to those who think that she made the wrong move. In a letter published by the Bennington Banner, Maguire explained that people who think she is wrong, should educate themselves more about twerking. Maguire wrote:

Over the past couple of years, since Miley Cyrus took the stage “twerking” at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, our students’ dancing behavior has crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school. Twerking is dancing to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving a low squatting stance and thrusting movements. Students do not face one another or remain with the same person for the length of the song.

If you haven’t seen twerking, I would encourage you to research this online.

For those who think this is all about freedom of expression, the principal claims some of her female students were being victimized during the controversial dance routine. Young girls were being “grinded on” without their consent. Maguire continued:

As a school we are responsible to keep students safe and teach them how to interact with others appropriately. One of the issues that emerges with this highly sexualized form of dancing is consent.

When faculty spoke with some of our students about how the dancing starts between two people, we were told by students that someone just comes up behind you and starts. One female described being uncomfortable when a male student she didn’t know started “grinding” with her from behind. Other students in the discussion agreed with her and said it is not uncommon. They explained to us no one asks permission before “grinding” nor do they ask the other person if they want to dance.

Parents and students who want the 2014-2015 homecoming dance to be reinstated at Mount Anthony Union High School say that the actions of some bad apples should not affect the good kids who act appropriately.

Principal Sue Maguire tweking move has sparked an interesting debate online on the meaning of consent and the limits on freedom of expression.

Should twerking be banned at school?


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  1. Think Twice says:

    I hate to sound illiberal, but these are still children, albeit soon to be young adults.
    You can’t let the inmates run the institution. All expression is not free and all is not appropriate. The school doesn’t allow hate speech and it need not allow all expressions of sexuality, however appropriate the high schoolers think it is.
    These oppressed youth will have ample time to twerk, drink, do drugs, swear, have sex and otherwise entertain themselves. The school need not give them a running start.

    • Fred says:

      It is nice to see our education system regain their perspective. People must live with their choices, and kids need direction. It is nice to see an educator with values. Sue Maguire has made a teachable moment for everyone. Good job, Ms. Maguire.

  2. dbz Interlude says:

    School is not the place for twerking as it is so degrading to any respectful person. Shame on does parents that are not standing with the school Principal. If they think that is OK to twerk, then they should let their kids twerk for them at home.
    shame, shame, shame

  3. Melanie says:

    Did she attempt to ban tweaking at dances first? I just wonder if canceling the dance was her first move or her final move after trying other things.

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