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By AMANDA STARLING, Northeast High
Last week we gave you the lowdown on rules being set at some Tampa Bay high schools against suggestive dancing at homecoming. No grinding against your date, but instead dancing “face to face, with space,” as Newsome High puts it.
Now this from Osceola High: The “Dance Promise” students are required to sign asks them to pledge to “act responsibly without vulgar dance or body friction on the dance floor.” Girls may not wear strapless dresses, the dress front must be no lower than 4 inches below the collarbone, and the hem may not be more than 3 inches above the knee.
More than the booty-dancing restriction, the rule causing the most friction is the 4-inch neckline edict. “It’s really hard to find dresses that follow their dress code,” said sophomore Lesley Arroyo. “I’m pretty sure there are going to be a lot of students that aren’t going follow it at all.” Principal Michael Bohnet characterizes the homecoming requirements another way. “All it is about is awareness, understanding the rules (and) the expectations,” he said. “We want our students to have a fun time, but we don’t want them to get in trouble.”