School leaders across Ohio are trying to encourage students to make memories at prom without making too much contact on the dance floor.
With a few weeks to go before the May 1 dance at Licking Valley High School, Wes Weaver, principal of the rural high school east of Newark, has notified students and their parents that sexually suggestive dancing won't be allowed.
Among those 10 points was a promise not to engage in grinding. One pelvic thrust in the wrong direction and a student would be booted from the prom - and a handful were, Mayell said.
So the rules were enforced. Mayell said his successor as principal, Tracy Wheeler, has made the policy even stricter - face-to-face dancing only.
About five years ago, Grandview Heights High School began scrutinizing its playlist .... Current principal Jesse Truett said of the three proms he's overseen, he's had to speak to students only once about inappropriate dancing.
"And they were good," Truett said. "They listened and stopped. It just seems like every now and then you have to rope things in and guide them along to making good choices."
Weaver hopes Licking Valley students will do the right thing.