An Anchorage School District spokesperson says inappropriate dancing was not tolerated at this year’s homecoming dance Saturday night, but students who were there tell KTVA it’s what happened after the principal warned students that ultimately brought the evening to an early end.
Carin Currier, Olivia Maisuy, Leiana Cox and Tia Kay – all juniors at South Anchorage High School – agreed to meet with KTVA after class Monday with the permission of their parents, to talk about what went wrong over the weekend.
“It was really good and then it kind of went downhill from there,” said Kay.
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.
“Finally the principal came up, and she wasn't trying to shut the dance down at first,” said Cox.
“She was just trying to warn us,” added Kay, “Then someone got really mad and they were booing her, then someone threw a glow stick, someone threw a glow stick, and then there was like a wave of glow sticks.”
Cox says she saw someone throw a water bottle, then, Kay says, “She got mad and she was like, ‘It's over, it's done’”.
Currier and Maisuy say they got to the dance around 9:15 p.m., and were there for about 30 minutes before it ended at 9:45.
“First it started out with just like one or two glow sticks being thrown at the principal, and then it was just everyone. I looked around and there's just so many glow sticks you couldn't like see anything. Like hundreds,” said Maisuy.
“I called my mom after the dance, at 9:45, and was like, ‘Hey mom the dance got canceled,’ and she was like ‘What?’ I honestly didn't know how to explain it without it sounding like we were literally like crazy kids like throwing stuff at our principal,” said Currier.
The teens told KTVA it was sad to see their fellow students displaying such disrespect for their principal, and disappointing that the night had to come to an end early.
The previous weekend, the Dimond High School homecoming dance was shut down early.
In an emailed statement, ASD spokesperson Catherine Esary told KTVA:
“The Dimond and South Anchorage high schools homecoming dances were ended early. 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. It was not all students but a significant enough group so that the dances were ended early. Other ASD schools had events over the weekend and earlier this school year in which students behaved in an appropriate manner and the events were positive for the students and their schools.”
Esary did not provide an answer when asked if any students were punished for the bad behavior, or when asked what specific behavior shut down the Dimond High School dance.