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Think pepper spray burns? Students allegedly punished with Lysol at prom

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Talk about a war on indecency run amok.

Chaperones at a Colorado high school have been charged with harassment after allegedly spraying Lysol in the faces of groping teens, the Smoking Gun reports.

Speaking to police, a female student at Manitou Springs High School reported that parents Jennifer Farmer and Hannah Rockey, both 42, had referred to students as "sluts and whores" who "were advertising butt sex."

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The scene could have been lifted from Hollywood. On April 21, students gathered at Manitou Springs city hall for a prom with a "Lost in Pandora" theme. The auditorium was no doubt transformed into a mythical forest festooned with otherworldly flowers and foliage. As the DJ cranked up the tribal beats, naturally, Avatar-inspired abandon ensued.

The erotic fever was clearly too much for the moms-on-a-warpath. Dressed in combat boots and military fatigues, the moms reportedly attempted to sanitize the crowd by attacking the dirty dancers with chemical warfare.

The Lysol cloud permeated students' clothing, mouths and eyes, the female student said, adding that the disinfectant spray "caused the students to cough and leave the area."

During the moms' blitzkrieg on the orgiastic scene, a school administrator received complaints from students that the chaperones were booting revellers from the idyllic forest because they wouldn't stop bumping and grinding. The school official, John McGee, contacted the chaperones, who agreed to leave the prom. In a police statement, Mr. McGee reported that the moms "did admit to spraying the cleaning product."

Nevertheless, law enforcers did not pursue the Lysol incident. Instead, the chaperones are facing criminal complaints for directing "obscene language to another in a public place," and specifically, calling some of the female dancers "whores" and "sluts."

Proms may lack the decorum they had in the moms' day. But some one should explain to parent chaperones that dirty dancing has long escaped from Pandora's box.

Now that erotic dancing among teens has become the norm, how should parents approach chaperoning at a school prom?

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