HARLEM SHAKE: School suspensions going too far? - KMSP-TV

HARLEM SHAKE: School suspensions going too far?

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There has been a lot of controversy and opinion on how school administrators are handling situations where the students make a Harlem Shake video.

Dozens of students have been suspended here in Minnesota, and that's just the ones we know about.

Communities are talking about whether this is harmless fun or does it pose a real safety issue that needs to be addressed immediately by the school?

The latest school to hand out suspensions is Eden Prairie, where 16 students were punished. In Wayzata, 15 students were banned from the weight room after doing a similar dance there last week.

And at Mound-Westonka High School, school leaders are still dealing with the backlash from suspending and citing six varsity hockey players before a playoff game because of a Harlem Shake.

School leaders are dealing with challenges they've never faced before because of videos like this going viral, so quickly.

Whether it's Gangnam Style, the Harlem Shake or a school prank, they are happening often and are almost always videotaped.

The story that hasn't really gotten out there is what could happen to the school if one of these kids dancing on a table fell and seriously injured himself.

So, are these schools just being proactive and covering their you know what?

But, have they gone too far by suspending these students instead of explaining to them, like adults, that they can't do things like that where someone can get hurt?

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