Representing a DeKalb chorus teacher who allegedly allowed male students to strip in front of their classmates and engage in sexual dance moves, the defense attorney offered a startling rationale: “That is customary and usual activity at Southwest DeKalb. This is what the kids do daily, weekly, monthly at Southwest DeKalb.”
Former chorus teacher Nathan Grigsby is on trial today for allowing the students to perform a “Chippendales style” revue in class.
The students removed their shirts and pants and performed lap dances and pulled female students by the ankles and then simulated sex acts, according to DeKalb Solicitor Robert James.
Grigsby is charged with five counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor. Each count is punishable with up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.
I’ll be curious to hear when, where and how such dancing occurs at Southwest DeKalb.
While I’ve seen teens feigning sexy dance moves in schools, I have never seen anyone dance sans pants and never with the approval of a teacher in a class. I have seen teens playing around and dancing in the cafeteria or in the parking lot, but nothing that crossed a line or warranted criminal prosecution.
We’ll have to see how defense attorney Jackie Patterson substantiates his claims that dirty dancing is a common event in the school .