Central Ohio Basketball Team Members Suspended For ‘Harlem Shake’ Video


UPDATED: Thursday March 14, 2013 10:24 AM

Players for the Ridgemont High School basketball team said they were suspended for creating a “Harlem Shake” video.

The players told 10TV that they just wanted to be a part of the social media dance craze that's lighting up the Internet.

School administrators were not amused and pulled the plug on their performance.

The craze can be found all over the Internet, with versions from Ohio State University and even 10TV News.

“There's one person dancing, just doing like a random dance, and then once the beat drops,” said Tim Cowan, one of the suspended students.

“Everybody's jumping around, they have costumes on, going crazy, having fun, you know, doing their thing,” said another suspended student, Josh Corbin.

Corbin said team members have been watching the videos on the Internet and thought they were funny. The varsity basketball team at Hardin County’s Ridgemont High School thought it would be “cool” to make one.

The video had 5,000 views in just a view days, according to the students.

But school officials were apparently not fans of the ‘Harlem Shake’ video. The basketball team members were called to the principal’s office and given two days in-school suspension and several hours of community service.

“It just blew my mind. I was shocked. Are you serious?” said Cowan.

The letter from the principal said the students violated rules against profanity and obscene gestures, distribution of unauthorized materials, and horseplay in the locker room.

“He said it made our school look bad,” added Isaiah Stover, another student in trouble.

The players’ parents said they do not see anything profane or obscene in the video.

“This punishment, I think is just wrong. I think it's ridiculous,” said one student’s mother, Juliann Corbin.

If the school intended this as a lesson, the students said it's lost on them.

“I don't really think there's a life lesson, honestly. They're punishing kids for having fun,” said Stover.

“I just don't understand it, nobody does,” added Jeff Corbin.

Ridgemont High School’s principal and district Superintendent declined to answer any questions about the video or punishment, saying they could not comment on individual student discipline.

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