Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Thursday

March 7, 2013

Student paper’s graphic causes uproar

TRAVERSE CITY — A satirical graphic and text about sexually suggestive dancing in Traverse City Central High School’s student newspaper crossed a line of appropriateness, district officials said.

The newspaper graphic depicts a four-stage guide to “grinding,” a form of dancing that prompted Central administrators to crack down on student behavior at a homecoming dance last fall. The illustration includes pictures of two female students demonstrating how to grind, with one student suggestively bent over in front of the other.

The illustration and text appeared in the March 1 issue of the Black & Gold, less than two weeks after Central students put together an off-campus dance to skirt heightened rules enforcement at school dances. It ran in a part of the paper called The Leek, which contains admittedly fictitious articles in the tongue-and-cheek style of The Onion, a satirical national publication.

The school paper’s dance content prompted criticism from some community members and school officials.

“People are not happy, and I can understand why,” said Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education President Kelly Hall. “Most people realize it was an attempt at satire, but there are protocols that call for exercising discretion which I think were not followed in this case.”

Hall said Central Principal Rick Vandermolen will ensure Black & Gold staffers and their adult advisor use better judgement in the future.

“We obviously need to get some more adult control into that newspaper,” Hall said.

Missi Yeomans, a teacher at Central, serves as the student newspaper’s faculty advisor.

She did not respond to requests for comment.

Vandermolen plans to meet with Yeomans and students on the newspaper staff to discuss what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate content.

“I’m not interested in restricting our students in terms of expression, but expression has boundaries,” Vandermolen said.

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl