Urban Dictionary defines "twerking" as "the act of moving/ shaking ones ass/buns/bottom/buttocks/bum-bum in a circular, up-and-down, and side-to-side motion. basically a slutty dance. derived from strip clubs."
All told, some 33 media class students involved in the production of the video have been sent home for at least five days for violating the school's zero-tolerance sexual harassment policy which prohibits "verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting."
Suspended seniors may also be banned from attending prom and graduation.
Many Scripps Ranch students took to social media following the suspension to express their displeasure.
"Suspended, banned from prom, and prevented from walking at graduation all because of an awesome twerk video," tweeted one student, according to NBC 7. "I don't understand."
Another suspended student tweeted: "Suspended for twerking. What do I do? Twerk. At the beach. I twerk at the beach."
Supporters of the twerkers have also been voicing their disbelief along with the hashtag "#freethetwerkteam."
Meanwhile, parents are saying that the school should not have suspended the students, but rather used the incident "as a teaching moment to remind students that when a person is videotaped, he/she never knows where it’s going to go."
At least one school board member, Scott Barnett, plans to bring up the twerking video at Tuesday's board meeting to ensure that the punishment fit the crime.
[video via YouTube]