33 California high school students suspended for 'twerking' video

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A video posted online has landed students at a California high school in hot water.

Thirty-three students at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego were suspended, banned from prom, walking at graduation and participating in the remainder of the year's sporting events.

The video, which shows the teens "twerking," was shot during school on school property and with school equipment.

Twerking is a dance move that involves hip-shaking and bottom-bouncing, reports our San Diego station KGTV .

When teachers saw the video on YouTube they suspended the nearly three dozen students involved, including three stars on the undefeated track team.

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"One of our best hurdlers, one of our best sprinters and one of our best high jumpers are not allowed to run at our most important meet tomorrow because they're suspended for this video," said student Emily Benzie.

Benzie, a junior, was not in the video, but she says without some of the girls who were their undefeated track season may suffer.

"They're good students," she said.  "They never get in trouble.  The first time they get yelled at is for twerking in a video."

Benzie's mother Chris said, "Overall, it's pop culture."

She told KGTV the moves in the students' video remind her of the moves in the movie "Dirty Dancing" and the school administration reminders her of the main character's prudish, overbearing father.

"They've waited four years to go to prom, to walk at graduation and now because of a fun vide it's being taken away from them," said Benzie.

School officials did not immediately respond to KGTVs request for a statement Wednesday but Benzie's mother said because so many students are impacted by the decision she would not be surprised if the parents pulled together and filed an appeal.

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