Superintendent apologizes over handling of 'Harlem Shake' suspensions

11:39 AM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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MOUND, Minn. - The Mound-Westonka school board meeting was moved to the high school auditorium Monday night in anticipation of a larger than normal crowd.

Even that room wasn't enough to hold the parents and students that wanted to both listen and talk about what happened at their school last Friday.

But before anyone could say their peace, the District Superintendent spoke first issuing an apology.

"To the students, I apologize that under my watch, this issue has caused so much pain," said Kevin Borg.

Borg went on to apologize to parents and the community.

Several students were suspended Friday after videotaping a "Harlem Shake" video during lunch. Six of those students were seniors on the hockey team. They contend they had permission and went through all the proper channels. Their parents agreed and wanted answers.

"I just have to ask you, I don't understand why this didn't occur Friday? You took away something very, very important from these boys. Something they've worked all their skating life for," said one mother.

"I ask why the rush to judgment? You know these kids," questioned a father.

Some parents wanted more than just answers. They wanted action.

"With the result of this investigation, anybody that was in the decision chain that couldn't come to the common sense of at least delaying that decision until the investigation could be done should be dismissed immediately," said another angry dad.

Borg told the crowd he had placed the Activities Director on administrative leave. It was news that drew cheers from the packed auditorium.

He also says the district will have an outside investigation conducted into the incident as well as a review of policies and procedures in maintaining a safe learning environment.

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