Results Expected of Westonka School's 'Harlem Shake' Investigation

Created: 05/06/2013 11:23 AM By: Maricella Miranda

School leaders in the Westonka school district will be discussing an investigation into a lunchroom incident that resulted in seven students suspended and the activities director resigning.

The students from Mound Westonka High School in Minnetrista, Minn. were suspended for their involvement in a "Harlem Shake" dance during lunch Feb. 22. The school's activities director later resigned amid an investigation into the incident.

The district's attorney headed the investigation.

Superintendent Kevin Borg also planned to create a steering committee for the activities department, he said. The group, made up of coaches and advisors, will develop a shared vision for the department, review its expectations and characteristics, and establish an interview process for hiring a new activities director.

The changes came after more than 250 people attended a school board meeting in February. Many parents demanded an apology for the students' punishment.

The dance started as a video production assignment.

Parents and students were angry of the students' two-day suspension, during which the six hockey players and a swimmer missed playoff games.

The hockey team lost the quarterfinal game.

The students were copying the Internet dance fad, said Keith Randklev, school principal, at the time. In video recorded last month, more than a handful of students are seen dancing on tables and around the lunchroom at the school in Minnetrista, Minn.
Results of the investigation are expected to be revealed at Monday's 7 p.m. school board meeting at Mound Westonka High School's Little Theater, 5905 Sunnyfield Road.