It's just a song ….

Posted on 01 Oct 2008 at 8:22am

…. But it’s a song about one girl enjoying a kiss with another, and it was apparently too much for the folks at Van High School.

Three twirlers at the school have been suspended from performing at one pep rally and two games after they performed a twirling routine to Katy Perry’s song “I Kissed a Girl (And I Liked It)” during a pep rally before a football game. They had been told not to use the song, but as senior Jordan Downey said, it was just a song, and they liked it.

But school administrators didn’t like it. So they girls were suspended. And now, according to NBC5i.com, the Web site for DFW’s Channel 5 news station, now other Van High School Band members have decided to wear buttons declaring “No Twirlers, No Band,” and members of the band’s drum line have said that they will not march as long as the twirlers are suspended.

Van, for those of you who don’t know, is in Van Zandt County, just east of Canton, about 15 miles or so, on Interstate 20. It is a tiny little town, barely a wide spot in the road, but picturesque and, in my experience, friendly. I worked there for about a year and a half in the mid 80s, as editor of the town’s newspaper, the Van Progress.

I was also in the band when I was in high school (not Van High School, though). I played the trumpet, and later, the tuba. I was never a twirler, but there were a few I would have gladly kissed back then. And I would probably have liked it.

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