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Continued: 'Harlem Shake' poses school safety quandaries across Twin Cities

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 28, 2013 - 5:36 AM

She said her family and others want the suspensions off the students’ records, Koltes fired and apologies given from whoever made the decision to suspend the teens. Her son, a senior, was pursuing hockey after graduation and was looking forward to his last game. “There were scouts at the game,” she said, “but Jack wasn’t there.”

Mound Westonka lost the game, 6-4, to Blake.

Spreading to other schools

A week before Westonka’s incident, about 150 to 200 students at Eden Prairie High School did their own version of the Harlem Shake during lunch hour, jumping on tables in the cafeteria, even picking up and dropping a table. Sixteen of those involved got one-day suspensions for violating safety rules. District security staff “just intervene the best they can,” Eden Prairie spokesman Bob Noyed said, adding that the suspensions drew no backlash; instead, kids apologized.

At Minnetonka High, a school-approved Harlem Shake dance during a class break even included the principal.

Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141

Twitter: @kellystrib

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