Colo. Police Investigate 'Dirty Dancers' Complaint

May 12, 2012
Two mothers chaperoning the Manitou Springs High School prom are accused of spraying Lysol disinfectant on teens for dirty dancing and calling the girls "whores" and "sluts."

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -- Two mothers chaperoning the Manitou Springs High School prom are accused of spraying Lysol disinfectant on teens for dirty dancing and calling the girls "whores" and "sluts."

Police were notified when a female prom attendee walked across the hallway and asked to file a report.

The prom was being held April 22 at the Manitou Springs city hall building, which is connected to the police department for the 6,000 resident town located west of Colorado Springs.

Some kids say the spray got in their eyes and mouths and that they had to leave the prom.

The parents, Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey, were cited for harassment, for allegedly "directing obscene language to another in a public place", according to the police report, obtained by 7NEWS.

The women deny the accusations.

Rockey's attorney, told 7NEWS "there was no Lysol" and that their own investigation is still underway, exploring the possibility an air freshener was used to separate boys from girls.

"At this time I'm under legal counsel I can't say anything about what happened that night," said Jennifer Farmer, who spent eight years on the district's school board.

The police report said one mother complained to a security guard that the students were dancing filthy, "like they are having sex with their clothes on."

Only one teen wished to press charges, said Lt. Jim Hopkins with the Manitou Springs police department. But, he said, seven other teens agreed that the name-calling and Lysol incident happened as described.

It was a first for a man with 30 years in law enforcement.

"(It was) Kind of disbelief. But until you find out what's going on…'cause there's two sides to every story," Hopkins said. "Well, supposedly that's what they did to clean up their act. Anytime you take action on your own, regardless of what it is, you could be in jeopardy. None of the children or kids complained about anything like that. It just, it got in their throat they claimed, and stuff like this. But there is no physical damage done."

The school district issued this statement Thursday:

"The Manitou Springs School District is aware of complaints made by students regarding alleged actions taken by certain parent chaperones during its high school prom last month.

The alleged actions by parent chaperones during the high school prom are in no way condoned by the school district.

It is unfortunate that the parent chaperones did not report to school personnel their concerns regarding what they believed to be inappropriate dancing.

School personnel supervising the dance did not observe any of the alleged actions of the parent chaperones. Once notified by students of the alleged actions, the school staff took immediate steps to address student concerns.

As an outcome of this incident, the district is taking steps to instruct parent volunteers on the proper protocol for chaperoning events.

The district wants its students to have a fun, safe, and memorable experience while attending special events such as prom and regrets if any students experience was negatively affected by any unauthorized parent chaperone actions," wrote Edward Longfield, Superintendent, Manitou Springs School District 14.

Teens: Prom Chaperones Sprayed Lysol On Dirty Dancers

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