Education Law

High school grounds 'twerking' seniors; college sued over sorority's sexualized hazing

A suggestive “twerking” video shot on on the grounds of a California high school, using its equipment, has gotten 33 students involved in the video banned from participating in prom, graduation and end-of-year sports events.

The Scripps Ranch High School students affected by the ban included three star members of its as-yet undefeated track team, ABC 10 News in San Diego reports.

The station said it could not reach officials at the school for comment on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a college in Georgia is facing a lawsuit for not doing enough, according to the plaintiffs, to address nudity and simulated sexual activity involving some of its students participating in an affiliated sorority, NBC affiliate WXIA reports.

A federal complaint (PDF) alleges that Young Harris College fired two faculty members who supported a freshman’s complaint that a sorority had “a widespread and well-known culture of abusive and sexually charged hazing.”

The college suspended the sorority for a year but did not take action against individual members.

In a written statement, the college said it does not tolerate hazing and points to the sorority’s suspension for violating its no-hazing policy. At that point, the college contends, “the student now complaining and her family told us then that they were satisfied with our actions.”

The lawsuit “contains false, sensational allegations on multiple fronts, all of which are far removed from the everyday reality we live on our campus,” the statement continues. “We look forward to addressing all these matters in the proper forum, which is the courts.”

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