SAN DIEGO - (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union is urging a San Diego-area high school principal to reconsider harsh punishments given to 31 students for making an on-campus video featuring suggestive "twerking" dance moves.
ACLU legal director David Loy wrote in a letter Thursday that Scripps Ranch High School Principal Ann Menna's suspensions were unjustified and excessive.
The students, mostly girls, were suspended from school earlier this month after the rump-shaking video was posted online.
School officials called the video deeply offensive with implications for lewd conduct and sexual harassment.
Loy says the principal is wrongly interpreting the state's sexual harassment code to justify the suspension.
The ACLU is not representing any of the students legally, though some have retained lawyers.
A late message left at the school was not immediately returned.