Utah school says students can't say no to classmates at dance

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OGDEN, Utah (CBS) -- A Utah elementary school has made waves with a controversial policy that dictates students are not allowed to refuse a request to dance from a classmate during the school's Valentine's Day dance.

CBS reports sixth-graders at Kanesville Elementary School in Utah were told by school officials that they wouldn't be able to say "no" to a classmate who asked them to dance.

"The teacher said she can't. She has to say yes. She has to accept, and I said, 'Excuse me?'" mother Natalie Richard told KMVT.

Richard is the mother of a sixth-grade girl at the school. She said she expressed her concerns about the policy to school officials.

"He basically just said they've had this dance set up this way for a long time, and they've never had any concerns before," she said of the school's principal.

The school district confirmed the policy had been put in place and said it was designed to promote inclusion among students.

"We want to promote kindness and so we want you to say yes when someone asks you to dance," the school district's community relations specialist said.

Richard said the policy sent a bad message to young people.

"Psychologically my daughter keeps coming to me and saying, 'I can't say no to a boy.' That's the message kids are getting," she said.