Students at one Missouri high school who want to attend school dances this year must first sign a contract. School officials said the measure is needed to clean up dirty dancing, but some students have mixed emotions on the issue.
The contract forbids students at Truman High School in Independence, Mo., from engaging in sexually-explicit or violence oriented dancing at school related events.
Administrators instituted the contract after watching dance-floor decorum become progressively inappropriate.
Students and their parents must sign the contract. Teens who don't sign the document will not be allowed into the dance.
"I have had kids say, 'Hey, this is just how we dance,' and I counter that with, 'I don't consider those things being dancing necessarily as much as movement that is not school appropriate,'" said the school's principal Kirstel Barr.
Some students said the idea is long overdue.
"All sorts of grinding and things -- it's just disgusting -- and it makes you not want to be there and just feel uncomfortable," said Sarah Miller, a senior.
Students who violate the mandatory contract will be forced to leave the dance and won't be allowed to attend another one for the remainder of the school year.
Some teens think that's way too strict.
"We don't really know how to dance -- because that's how everyone dances -- so I think doing it once and getting kicked out might be a little extreme," said sophomore Katie Belflower.
"I think it's ridiculous. Personally, they should be able to trust us enough to not make fools of ourselves at a school dance with chaperones there," said sophomore Danielle Roach.
Parents stand behind the no dirty dancing contract.
"It says there's no grinding or groping and no grabbing of the breasts. Well, that shouldn't be happening anyway. They're in high school," said Vickie Roach, a parent of one of the students.
School officials were encouraged by the contract idea after learning that other schools across the country had approved similar rules.