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Andrea L.
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I read in a book of music censorship history that three kids who attended some strange school in San Antonio, Texas, were suspended for attending a Backstreet Boys concert. Apparently, the school associated concerts with chaos and violence, to the point where the school was controlling every aspect of its students' activities, even those outside of school and off school hours. I just want to know if this is true, and why the school thought that going to a simple concert over the weekend or school holiday was so horrible. By the way, two of the kids were said to have served their suspension, the parents of the third kid withdrew him from the school.

[ 28. August 2005, 08:21 PM:   snopes ]

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Jack Dylan
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Oh shit. This is true.

livedaily.com Article

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The students--two at high-school level, one at junior high-school level--were sent home for violating a school policy which forbids dancing and "involvement in inappropriate music,"
Forbids dancing? What the NFBSK?

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jtelson
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As much as I hate to say this, the school was probably within its rights to do this. It was a private school, both the kids and the parents were aware of the school's behaivior policies, and they choose to ignore them. Silly rule (IMO) but one agreed to by everyone involved.

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musicgeek
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Quick... buy the movie rights! Cue Kenny Loggins! It's Footloose II!

(The trick will be convincing the Backstreet Boys to cover "Holding Out For a Hero."

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Homsar999
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Or get them to Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat!

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!

jtelson: Yes, but a private school cannot regulate off-school hours. (That's not illegal?)

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Jay Temple
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Homsar999: I'll bet that a private school can stipulate a whole lot of things as terms of enrollment that a public school could never and should never get away with.

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Crono
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This doesn't surprise me at all. The high school that I attended has rules about attending concerts. Back in the 80s, my brother got in trouble for going to a New Kids on the Block concert. Some of the more extreme Christian groups hold views that oppose such things, and their schools may not have a problem enforcing those beliefs on others.

Of course, I am also strongly opposed to the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block, but for different reasons than these schools. [Big Grin]

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monkey
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I don't know much about private high schools, as I went to a public one, but I do attend a private Christian university, and they basically try to control everything we ever do. We have to sign a code of conduct at the start of the term that has rules about all kinds of silly things. No drinking (even if you're of age), no dancing socially, no going to a place where there is drinking and dancing, even if you're not doing the drinking and dancing... I've been to a couple of concerts (Christian bands, even) at this venue that serves alcohol (at the bar, which is in a whole other area from where the concerts take place) and I know that if the administration knew I'd even been there, I could have been suspended. Silly. Oh, also, there's a dress code, and they expect you to follow it whether you're on campus or not. I'm not sure exactly what the administration would do if someone saw me at Wal-mart in a tank top, but I'm sure the consequences would be dire.

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quote:
Originally posted by musicgeek:
Quick... buy the movie rights! Cue Kenny Loggins! It's Footloose II!

(The trick will be convincing the Backstreet Boys to cover "Holding Out For a Hero."

I was thinking Rock-N-Roll High School myself...

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The Amazing Rando
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They're a private school, they can institute whatever requirements they like since enrollment is entirely voluntary, regardless of how silly those requirements are.
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