As many as 33 students at San Diego's Scripps Ranch High School have been suspended over a twerking video and other twerk-related violations.
The kids all received five-day suspensions, according to NBC 7 San Diego, for violating the high school's zero tolerance sexual harassment policy.
That policy bans "verbal, visual or physical conduct of sexual nature in the educational setting" ... which officials say applies to the video above.
The video features numerous girls "twerking" around the school campus, while an awkward male student awkwardly poses in each awkward shot.
A handful of girls wear what appear to be sports jerseys, but we imagine the Scripps Ranch Twerk Team is a club sport, not official varsity material.
Twerking is defined, according to the Urban Dictionary, as:
- Working one's body, as in dancing, especially the rear end
- Rhythmic gyrating of the lower extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal and/or laughter in one's intended audience
- Vigorous shaking of the Gluteus Maximus.
- A fancy way of saying "booty-poppin'"
- Girls in yoga pants having sex with the air.
You get the idea. However you define it, the students did not take the suspensions well, and some vowed to keep on twerking in the face of the scandal.
"Suspended, banned from prom, and prevented from walking at graduation all because of an awesome twerk video," one student involved in it tweeted.
"I don't understand."
Another student says she hopes to lead a civil rights movement of sorts: "Suspended for twerking. What do I do? Twerk. At the beach. I twerk at the beach."
Others are joining the twerk revolution, too: "To show support for everybody getting suspended, we should all twerk at once at lunch #freethetwerkteam."
"This seems like a bad idea that might just get prom and graduation canceled. Though if you can't twerk at prom, what's the point, am I right? #TWERKorDIE"
Hey, we've seen Miley Cyrus twerking, and it wasn't that bad. Then again, it wasn't quite as sensual in nature as what some of these kids went for.
On the other hand, is it really that bad? They're just expressing themselves (possibly a little too far), but suspensions? Bans from prom? You tell us:
Should Twerking be allowed in school?