Iowa students won't face discipline after hiring stripper for swim club event

Iowa students won't face discipline after hiring stripper for swim club event

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Iowa students won't face discipline after hiring stripper for swim club event

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Roosevelt High freshmen girls who hired a male stripper to perform at their synchronized swimming club’s annual banquet this past Friday won’t face punishment because they broke no rules, the school’s principal said Wednesday.

A club member’s adult sister ordered the stripper at the request of freshmen who organized the event at the Des Moines Social Club, Roosevelt Principal Kevin Biggs said. Biggs didn’t know the company where the stripper worked, but he said no club funds were spent on the purchase.

“They were doing it as a joke and a prank. They didn’t realize, as many 14- and 15-year-old girls and boys don’t, the ramifications of their decision,” Biggs said. “They thought it would be funny, and it wasn’t until things got going that everyone realized it wasn’t good.”

The stripper performed for about 15 minutes before a Des Moines Social Club employee stopped him and canceled the social, Biggs said. The stripper was never fully unclothed, and there was no sexual contact with any of the girls, officials said.

No school employees attended, including the club’s volunteer adviser, who is a teacher.

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Des Moines Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said the incident has not been reported to the police department by anyone involved.

“So, not knowing the circumstances, there’s no way we can know if anything illegal occurred,” he said.

Biggs said they don’t believe anything illegal occurred, and the students’ actions don’t appear to have violated the district’s code of conduct.

That code specifies that students in extracurricular and co-curricular activities represent themselves and their school whether they are away from or at school. Violations would include the presence of illegal activity at a location where those students are present.

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Penalties could range from an alcohol, substance abuse or mental health assessment to full suspension from participating in that extracurricular activity.

“It’s not illegal. It’s immoral, in our eyes,” Biggs said. “But immoral doesn’t necessarily mean that students are going to face consequences such as suspensions, or something along those lines.”

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