'Vulgar' video gets 13 Brownsville students suspended
Thirteen students from Brownsville Area High School were suspended Tuesday after a video the school board president called “very graphic and very vulgar” was shot in a classroom during school and posted in the Internet.
Brownsville School Board president Roy Brashear said the board was made aware of the incident at Tuesday night's planning session. He said the board supported the decision by superintendent Dr. Philip J. Savini to suspend the students.
“Our superintendent made a decision to suspend the students who were responsible, and we stand behind his decision,” Brashear said.
The 27-second video shows the students doing their interpretation of the “Harlem Shake,” a dance fad that has grown rapidly while making its way around the Internet. The video was shot Monday, said Brashear, who has served on the board for 17 years, 10 years as president.
One parent told the Tribune-Review Tuesday night that her 15-year-old daughter shot the video and was suspended.
The parent said the two-day suspensions were given at the direction of the school principal.
The parent characterized the video — which at times shows students making sexually suggestive gestures — as “very inappropriate,” but she maintains the incident warrants in-school suspensions rather than tossing the students out of school.
Out-of-school suspensions, she said, carry further consequences for her daughter and the other students.
Uniontown attorney Jim Davis, solicitor for the school district, said the district has no further comment on the matter.
Chuck Brittain is a freelance writer
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