HS dance team under fire for ‘provocative’ photo shoot with police cruiser

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WCMH – A high school dance team is under fire after what was supposed to be a promotional photo shoot with a police cruiser turned provocative.

The photographs of the Granite City High School dance team show some dancers striking what some are calling provocative poses against a police cruiser while their coach stands on top of the vehicle.

“It was a promotional shoot that should have been where kids could have a lot of fun along with their coaches, along with the police without anything inappropriate,” Granite City Schools Superintendent Jim Greenwald told KPLR. “Just looks like there were some bad decisions here.”

The photos went viral shortly after they were posted on social media, and some say the team members need to understand that the photos were too risqué for high schoolers.

“Kids like that, dressing like that and everything, and them showing that, that’s calling for rape,” one parent who did not want to be identified said. “I wouldn’t even let my kids go out like that. My niece gets in trouble for wearing cutoff pants.”

Greenwald told KPLR that the district is working to determine if the team members and coach will face any disciplinary action.

“The high school principal and the athletic director met with the coach last night and made clear that this was not appropriate and that they have to think before they act,” he said. “They represent the school.”

The Granite City Police, who provided the cruiser for the photo shoot, declined to comment on the matter.

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