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Maggotty High meets over vulgar dance video

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Rawle Bent, principal of Maggotty High in St Elizabeth, reportedly met yesterday with senior staff members over a video which has been circulating online, showing what appears to be students of the school engaged in vulgar behaviour at a party.

The video shows some of the female students lifting their uniforms to expose their underwear, while gyrating on the ground and dancing with their male peers.

The six-minute video, which emerged late last week, has been pulled from the video-sharing site, YouTube, but remains on other social media sites such as Facebook.

Bent has refused to speak with the media about the matter.

Viewers on social media have reacted with disgust at the video, labelling the behaviour of the students as shameful and disgraceful.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Educationalso deplored the behaviour of the students and called for school administrators to implement measures to prevent a recurrence.

In a release yesterday, the ministry indicated that the video was recorded during a dance held in 2011 at Apple Valley Park in St Elizabeth.

"Only one of the offending students - a girl - currently attends the school, which will take appropriate disciplinary action against her," the ministry stated.

Reacting to the incident, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said parents and teachers must work together to ensure that students are instilled with positive values.

In this regard, he pointed to the Health and Family Life Education curriculum, provided by the ministry, as a useful resource.