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‘Guide To Grinding’ Lands High School Student Paper In Trouble

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TRAVERSE CITY (WWJ/AP) — Some Michigan school officials are up in arms over a sexually suggestive bent-over depiction of girls in a high school newspaper.

A graphic published in the March 1 issue of Traverse City Central High School’s Black & Gold student newspaper featured a four-stage guide to “grinding,” a form of dirty dancing that prompted school administrators to crack down on student behavior at a homecoming dance last fall.

When officials banned grinding, students reportedly held their own off-campus dance.

And then someone printed the guide, with four-stage images of girls in a tight clench grinding against each other, and put it in a section of the school paper that contains jokes and “The Onion” style fictitious articles.

But not everyone was laughing.

Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education President Kelly Hall tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle  that officials and community members were “not happy.” Principal Rick Vandermolen plans to meet with students and the teacher that oversees the paper.

The Associated Press sent a message to the teacher who oversees the paper Thursday seeking comment, but has not yet received a response.

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