Allow me to draw you a picture of a scene that’s happening more frequently of late.
The setting is a high school gymnasium. It’s crowded with hormone-hopped teens eager for the annual homecoming dance, the first one of each school year.
Also in attendance are wary adults. They are the chaperones. As the lights dim and the deejay starts playing tunes, the chaperones’ eyes begin moving, and their focus sharpens. They’re on the lookout for a style of dance known as “grinding.”
The best way and most tasteful way to describe it is this: vertical spooning — with the girl facing away from the gy — and lots of below-the-belt gyrations and mandatory touching.
“It’s pretty graphic,” said Salem High School Principal John Hall. “It’s almost a simulation of sex.”
The grinding went over like a lead balloon at the North Cross School homecoming dance Saturday.
A warning from the deejay prompted a minor exodus of students, perhaps as many as one-third of the 120 or so people there. One of them was headmaster Chris Proctor’s 17-year-old son, who sent his dad an unhappy text.
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