Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 13, 2012

AHS pitching mandatory event breath testing

School Committee to hear proposal tonight, Thursday

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Last school year, Andover High School dances made news in the Townsman after there was a community meeting on a form of dancing known as grinding. Also known as “freak dancing,” two people participate in the dance by rubbing against one another in a sexually evocative manner.

Meetings were held to talk about the topic, many composed of school administrators and concerned parents who heard the dances described to them by their children.

While Wivell isn’t arguing for an end to punishing those who dance inappropriately, he said the problem needs to be addressed differently.

“The dances don’t necessarily have to revert back to the chaos they’re known for, but there has to be an understanding between administrators and students on how to accomplish having a fun dance while still having a responsible hang-out on a Friday night,” he said. “Just, once again, open up the conversation. But this time, with more student involvement.”

The School Committee is scheduled to meet in its conference room tonight, Thursday, at 7 p.m. to talk about the mandatory breath test. The meeting will be held in the committee’s meeting room on the second floor of the School Administration Building, 30 Whittier Court, above the Andover Senior Center, and behind Town Offices at 36 Bartlet St.

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