Harrison County School Officials Lift Ban on High School Dances - WBOY.com: Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Harrison County School Officials Lift Ban on High School Dances

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • West Virginia University Children's Hospital Breaks Ground on New Expansion

    West Virginia University Children's Hospital Breaks Ground on New Expansion

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:00:32 GMT
    Monday marked the new beginning for the West Virginia University Children's Hospital. The hospital is expanding its walls to meet the growing needs of the community.
    Monday marked the new beginning for the West Virginia University Children's Hospital. The hospital is expanding its walls to meet the growing needs of the community.
  • Marion County Residents Gather To Meet The Candidates

    Marion County Residents Gather To Meet The Candidates

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:45:34 GMT
    Meet The Candidate ForumMeet The Candidate Forum
    Marion County residents were able to meet the candidates Monday night and get to hear from Fairmont City Council.
    Marion County residents were able to meet the candidates Monday night and get to hear from Fairmont City Council.
  • WVU Students Honor Slain Journalists With Vigil

    WVU Students Honor Slain Journalists With Vigil

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:40:26 GMT
    The militant group ISIS has beheaded four Western hostages, two from the United States and two from Britain. Monday night, WVU's Muslim Association held a vigil for one of the murdered American journalist.
    The militant group ISIS has beheaded four Western hostages, two from the United States and two from Britain. Monday night, WVU's Muslim Association held a vigil for one of the murdered American journalist.

The Harrison County Board of Education met Wednesday evening to address an issue that's been a talker in Harrison County the last few weeks.

It discussed the possible cancellation of all high school dances, except prom, due to inappropriate dancing happening at some of the dances.

The superintendent and high school principals made the decision a few weeks ago but released the following statement Wednesday afternoon, saying they are willing to lift the ban with the support of student council members:

"Our intent in canceling all dances before prom was to heighten the awareness of our concern with inappropriate dancing by many students. Following our meeting yesterday with Student Council representatives and advisors from all five high schools, we believe the message has been made very apparent. Therefore, with the promise by these students to continue support for improved appropriate dancing, we are willing to lift the ban and move toward offering students a healthy, safe environment to enjoy our school dances."

"They got their message across. That sort of behavior won't be tolerated," said superintendent Susan Collins.

The board decided Wednesday night to let that issue rest and to allow individual schools, their principals and students to work it out on their own.

"We are going to say if it's inappropriate, you'll be asked to stop. If you don't you'll be asked to leave. We'll be calling parents to tell the to pick up your child or they'll be on their way home so I think that's what we're going to try," Collins said.

But some parents think there needs to be rule set in stone.

"There was nothing said as far as rules and consequences. As far as the rules and consequences whether that means they amend their school policies, their dress code, the consequence. My opinion, a school dance is no different than a school trip," said parent Sarah Barrat.

Barrat said she thinks the parents should be more involved in the policy making and policing the students at the dances.

Also on the agenda: Bridgeport's offer of funding assistance for two major projects at the high school.

The city is offering $175,000 for air conditioning for the gym and cafeteria, and new bleachers for the gym. The Board of Education would have to put up a $25,000 match.

The board tabled the issue until April, due to the future developments of other projects it plans on funding.