The homecoming dance at Middletown High School ended an hour and a half early. Students were told to go home after school officials say the kids were grinding on the dance floor, and then protested when they were told to stop.
Grinding is a type of dirty dancing, and a form of it was allowed in the past.
"They called in modified dancing," Kyle Brasher, a sophomore said. "We could bend at a 45 degree angle."
However, this year, the new rule was, face to face with a little space. The students chose to violate that rule, and when officials told them to stop, they started protesting.
"If you can't dance how you want to dance then what are you going to do? Just sit there?" freshman Kam Ayala asked. "So that's what we did. We sat and we protested it."
The protest was enough to pull the plug on the dance. In a statement, Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger said, "The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and after several warnings were given to the students."
However, parents say the cancellation put their kids in even more danger because by the time the parents were notified, most of the kids had already left.
"Why wasn't my son held at the school? He's 14 years old," Darlene Ayala, a parent said. "If they're going to be strict like this and they don't want to throw a party, I will rent a hall for the kids myself."