School Bans ‘Twerking’ After Student Slips, Triggers Fire Alarm

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – An area middle school has banned the dance move known as “twerking” after a student fell and triggered a classroom fire alarm in the process.

A sixth grader at North Naples Middle School was reportedly performing the move – which consists largely of gyrating one’s hips – in a classroom when he lost his balance, WZVN-TV is reporting.

In the process of falling, the unnamed student hit the fire alarm, calling local firefighters to the school to investigate.

“The fire department came and teachers were all over the place,” Alyssa Murillo, a sixth grade student who was present at the time of the Tuesday incident, told the station. “The principal made an announcement that twerking was banned.”

Officials additionally told WZVN that the student was suspended for his actions.

The move experienced a boom in popularity after singer Miley Cyrus implemented it in dance routines accompanying several recently released music videos and live performances.

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