A Utah school whose policy says girls can’t say no to boys when asked to dance during school events is facing backlash.
Mother Natalie Richard says the policy sends the wrong message to the students, including her sixth-grade daughter. She even complained to Kanesville Elementary School principal about it.
“He basically just said they’ve had this dance set up this way for a long time and they’ve never had any concerns before,” Richard told KSTU-TV.
The Weber School District says the dance rules are different for each school and the district doesn’t govern them. The dance rule was meant to bring interaction between students and inclusion into schools, the district said.
Many of the district’s elementary schools host Valentine’s Day dances and “participation is voluntary but encouraged,” said Lane Findlay, the district’s community relations specialist, in a statement.
Before the dance, students receive instructions on what’s expected of them if they want to participate. Students have to fill out cards with the names of people they want to dance with, and students can’t dance with the same person twice, the statement says.
“In the best interest of our students, we are re-examining the procedures surrounding these dances and will make any necessary changes to promote a positive environment where all students feel included and empowered in their choices,” the statement reads.