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Students Suspended for Doing ‘Harlem Shake’ in Class

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The students thought it would be fun. The school thought otherwise. And now, at least one parent is very upset.

The “Harlem Shake” is a sort-of dance-type thing that lots of people on the Internet have been filming themselves doing lately. But at one high school in Pennsylvania, it’s all gone terribly wrong.

It started when one student in photography class began to dance with a bat while wearing a large black headpiece. Then, out of nowhere, all the other students in the class started gyrating in a very silly fashion. These factors comprise what is known as a “Harlem Shake” video. There are quite a few of them floating around the Web these days.

This isn’t the first time students have misbehaved in class, and it surely won’t be the last. And in this case, no one got hurt; it was a disturbance, and the students who made the video admit that. But what they didn’t expect was to receive a two-day suspension for their actions.

“What I’m upset about is the punishment seems a little extreme for the actions the  kids were involved in,” said Kathleen Broadwater, whose daughter, Alyssa, filmed the video. “We need to keep these students in the classroom. I don’t want them taken out of class to miss the education they’re getting.”

“I could see if we got in a little bit of trouble,” said Alyssa, “since it was in school and a little chaotic, but it was taken too far.”

The school, when contacted, said it could not comment on students’ disciplinary actions. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a school has suspended multiple students for making a “Harlem Shake” video on school grounds.

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Learn more about the “Harlem Shake” here

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