A closer look at the real problem when it comes to dirty dancing

Ankita Tejwani

Freaking is acceptable ― but only if you do it the right way.

Freaking has always been controversial at MVHS, but in the battle between students and administration, a major group is discountedó the teachers.

Let’s be honest: students aren’t going to stop freaking any time soon. But that is not the problem. AVID and Biology teacher Pooya Hajjarian has a different take.

“If a student sees me at the grocery store or the movies, I wouldn’t think they would view me differently. The same way, I wouldn’t view my own students differently,” Hajjarian said. However, the situation changes with the awkwardness teachers experience at dances. “When I am in the middle of the dance floor and the students stop out of respect, I understand. But the problem occurs when they make eye contact with me and do not stop.”

If respect is the essential problem that is making teachers uncomfortable on the dance floor, it is easy to fix. Showing respect doesn’t mean we need to cut down on the fun, all we need to do is be mindful of it, and pause or move away when we see a teacher getting uncomfortable.

It’s not ideal for either party when teachers are chaperoning a dance, but if we give some consideration, we can get along. After all, there is a time and a place for everything.