POLITICS

Regina student council president out in fuss that started with Harlem Shake

03/06/2013 06:27 EST | Updated 05/06/2013 05:12 EDT
REGINA - A student council president at a high school in Regina has lost his position in a kerfuffle that started with a viral video dance.

Members of the senior class at Michael A. Riffel Catholic High School wanted to make a 30-second video of themselves doing the Harlem Shake. They wanted to film it in a common area after class.

But the school turned down their request, citing safety reasons.

Student council president Scott Woloshin, 17, then went on a local radio show to complain and shortly thereafter, Woloshin was suspended from his position.

Woloshin didn't want to comment because he fears he's already on thin ice with the school.

But in a Twitter post dated March 2, he wrote: "Our whole lives we've been told to question authority and injustice.. But if you question THE authority, you get suspended."

Woloshin's friend and classmate, Ashton Duda, says he thought the Harlem Shake idea was cool.

"I thought we were just going to have some fun with it basically and it kind of got shut down," said Duda.

Duda says there's been a lot of fallout. He says Woloshin did nothing wrong and the suspension is extreme.

"I think it's unjust simply for the fact that we didn't really have any say in it and just because they said that Scott went straight to the media now that he can't be president," said Duda.

Several students wore T-shirts Wednesday that said "We Love Scott."

A spokesman with the Regina Catholic School Division says talking to the media is not grounds for removing someone as student council president.

However, Noah Wernikowski couldn't say why Woloshin lost his council position.

"All school divisions disciplinary measures are inherently private or confidential between students and parents and staff members," said Wernikowski.

"I can't give specifics on what happened. I can say that it would have all been executed according to established school division policy and applications."