Officials investigating video shot at PHS

PARKERSBURG -Wood County school officials are looking into a social media video recorded at Parkersburg High School last week.

A Harlem Shake video shot at Parkersburg High School and posted to social media last week is under review from officials. The video contains some alleged inappropriate content and allegedly features a high school teacher.

Sue Woodward, assistant superintendent of Wood County Schools, said there is enough indication the Parkersburg High video may not be acceptable.

“The perception of unacceptable was there,” she said. “That has to be proven or disproven and warrants further investigation.”

Harlem Shake videos are the latest Internet fad. The Harlem Shake is the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. It has spawned a series of dance videos that begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before abruptly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group. Popular Harlem Shake videos on YouTube include the Norwegian Army and the Peanuts. There are thousands of versions featuring schools, towns, sports teams and colleges, including West Virginia University.

School officials became aware of the video late last week when students posted it via social media sites. Woodward said the investigation is still at the “school level,” as they try to determine the who, what, where, when and why surrounding the incident.

Woodward declined to say if the video included a teacher.

“We don’t know how it rose its head. We don’t know who launched it.

“There are community norms for educators,” she added. “And our staff all follows a code of conduct. It will have to be determined if something occurred that violated that code of conduct.”

Woodward said if minors are involved, things take a different bend.

“Everything is looked at differently,” she said.