GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Some high school dance team members are getting some online attention here, and not the kind school leaders want.
In photos circulating on social media Thursday, two girls described by the superintendent as "high school-aged" are seen up against a Granite City Police vehicle in suggestive poses, looking over their shoulders with their backs to the camera. Standing on top of the vehicle, the superintendent confirms, is the girls' adult dance team coach — a part-time district employee who is not a teacher, the superintendent confirmed.
"When I saw the photos I was very shocked, very disappointed, very surprised," said Granite City Schools Superintendent Jim Greenwald. He told 5 On Your Side he "knew immediately it was very inappropriate and they had crossed the line."
Greenwald says the photos were taken during a community outreach event with the Granite City Police. He said other student groups including cheerleaders, student council members, and volleyball players had taken photos with the police department but online the dance team somehow managed to take the "inappropriate" pictures."
Greenwald says he doesn't fault the Granite City police for their actions and couldn't say for sure how they were able to take the photos.
"We can't take back what took place but we certainly will continue to work to make sure people make better choices."
Greenwald said there is a special meeting of the Granite City Board of Education planned for Tuesday at 5 p.m. where disciplinary action for both students and the coach involved in the dance team photos will be discussed.