Hawley school administrators supporting students' “Harlem Shake” videoFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They are breaking out in school gymnasiums and cafeterias, locker rooms and hallways. The "Harlem Shake" has school administrators scratching their heads.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They are breaking out in school gymnasiums and cafeterias, locker rooms and hallways. The "Harlem Shake" has school administrators scratching their heads.
What is this? And what should I do about it? Some schools in Minnesota have suspended students for the "shake”. Others have allowed it with some rules.
D-G-F did it. So did Hawley, but unlike a lot of schools, administrators in Hawley heard about it and decided to help students make it successful, just controlled.
Mike Martin, Hawley Public Schools: “That day I got word the kids were thinking of doing the Harlem Shake, and I had heard from other schools it got out of control, kids taking their shirts off, and that and I thought we are about education let us use this as a way to teach kids to do things right. I called the kids together and said we can do it, but we are going to keep it clean and we are going to have fun we are going to make it a positive thing.”
What troubles many schools is the Harlem Shake sometimes features students in no so academic situations. Some High school and college teams in our area have been asked to take down their YouTube videos because of it. In Hawley, the students were given the green light for the video with restrictions.
Josh Johnson, Hawley Senior: “We made sure everyone was doing appropriate dance moves, no humping or anything.”
Cody Boucher, Hawley Junior: “A lot of fun and then once we made the video and saw it, it was cool. We didn't think it would turn out as great as it did.”
Martin: “We have to remember it is about the kids and a lot of things they are interested we may be not but we can still work with them and make good things come out of anything.”
The bottom line, the pop culture flash mob dance will run its course. Facebook and YouTube will max out with all the videos and it, like the Macarena, will fade away.
And it is not just students. Families and corporations are even doing the Harlem Shake and posting it on line.