Utah School Forces Girls To Dance With Boys Who Ask Them

Kanesville Elementary in West Haven, Utah, is telling girls that they cannot say “no” when boys ask them to dance at the Valentine’s Day dance.

Natalie Richard, who has a sixth-grade daughter, told KSTU:

The teacher said she can’t. She has to say “yes.” She has to accept and I said, “Excuse me.”

Richard recalled speaking to the school principal:

He basically just said they’ve had this dance set up this way for a long time and they’ve never had any concern before.

Lane Findlay of the Weber School District defended the non-consent rule:

Please be respectful, be polite. We want to promote kindness, and so we want you to say yes when someone asks you to dance.

Richard countered:

I do see it from their perspective when it comes to that, but there are many other ways to teach children how to be accepting than with a social dance.

Sends a bad message to girls that girls have to say “yes”; sends a bad message to boys that girls can’t say “no.”

Findlay continued his defense of the non-consent rule:

If there is an issue, if there’s students that are uncomfortable or have a problem with another student, I mean: that’s certainly something that can be addressed with that student and parents.

Richard insisted the rule was teaching girls they must consent to a boy:

Psychologically, my daughter keeps coming to me and saying I can’t say ‘no’ to a boy. That’s the message kids are getting.

(Source: KSTU)

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  1. That should NOT be allowed! It definitely sends the wrong message to both boys and girls. The principal should be fired and the rules changed immediately.

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