From EAG News:
EXETER, N.H. – Exeter High School is blaming a sex assault case in another school district for a decision to ban school dances “for an indefinite period of time.”
New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16 Superintendent Michael Morgan told the Union Leader Exeter High School officials recently met with student government representatives about a history of sexually suggestive dancing, an alleged drug and alcohol use at school dances.
What came out of the meeting was allegedly a joint decision to cancel all dances except the junior and senior prom for the foreseeable future. School officials contend that no specific incident at Exeter prompted the move, but noted the district has called off dances in the past because of bad behavior.
“I didn’t want to ever be accused of knowing something and not doing something about it,” Morgan told the news site. “I wanted to take responsible action.”
Student leaders announced the dance ban, initiated over a week ago, at an assembly for juniors and seniors Wednesday, and plan to do the same for freshmen and sophomores today.
“It was not a decision made lightly … And we are not the first school in the country to have done this,” Morgan told Sea Coast Online.
And while Morgan made it clear that there were no issues at Exeter’s Homecoming dance in September, an incident at St. Paul’s School in Concord influenced his decision.
In that case, former St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie, 19, was convicted in August of sexually assaulting…