Glow sticks, water bottle thrown at principal at school dance: witnesses
Dresses were bought and pictures were taken, but shortly after students arrived at two homecoming dances in Anchorage this month, they found themselves all dressed up with nowhere to go when the dances were cut short.
Monday, KTVA spoke with four teens, who witnessed what they called “disrespect” on the part of several of their peers, at the South Anchorage High School homecoming dance over the weekend. The teens explained some students were “grinding,” prompting the security guard to give them a warning to “clean it up” and the DJ to play more mellow music. They say when the behavior didn’t stop, the principal gave students a warning, which students responded to by throwing their glow sticks at her, and even a water bottle before she ended the dance early.
The District confirmed the situation at South High School’s homecoming dance, saying in an emailed statement:
“These are high school students, young adults, for whom expectations are set prior to any dance or activity, so when they failed to meet the expectations and engaged in inappropriate behavior, there were consequences.”
A spokesperson also confirmed Dimond High School’s homecoming dance was ended early, too, the weekend before but initially was not able to provide an answer when asked Monday if any students were punished for the bad behavior or when asked what specific behavior shut down the Dimond High School dance.
Tuesday, in an email, Catherine Esary, spokesperson for the Anchorage School District, said:
“There was a small number of Dimond High School students (less than 10) alleged to be under the influence of alcohol at the dance. The dance was primarily stopped early because of the inappropriate dancing.”
As for whether students were reprimanded, Esary said she could not comment on “specific suspensions or other disciplinary measures regarding students.”
The Anchorage School District’s student handbook for high school students says a student who shows up to either a school or a school activity under the influence of alcohol or drugs is subject to suspension and/or alternative placement. The handbook also says willful disobedience and disruptive behavior is prohibited but does not list specific punishments.