Devon primary school bans flossing dance over intimidation claims

A primary school has banned the floss dance featured in popular video game Fortnite- after teachers said pupils are using it to intimidate classmates.

Parents have branded the ban ‘ridiculous’ after headteacher Catherine Cox described the game as ‘violent’ and ‘addictive’ in a letter.

Ms Cox, head of Ilfracombe Junior School in Devon, said: ‘We want our school to be one in which human beings treat each other with kindness and appreciation.

 ‘Fortnite is for 12 years plus.

‘Fortnite is about mass killing of other human beings and being awarded by a dance of celebration if you are successful. 

‘One of these dances is called the Nazi dance!

‘Fortnite is extremely addictive and playing violent games is associated with real life aggressive behaviour and mental health issues.

‘Children in our school have been using these dances to surround and intimidate other children.’

Despite the claim from Ms Cox, there is no evidence to suggest the game Fortnite has a dance called the ‘Nazi dance’.

Parents claim their children just like to dance  and have never heard of the popular online game.

One mum said on Facebook: ‘My child is eight – she doesn’t even know what Fortnite is!

‘She just likes to dance – she’s even taught me how to do it and is quite worried.

‘I find this absolutely ludicrous that my child now feels this way about a daft dance move.’

Another parent said: ‘If kids are using the dances to intimidate kids (sounds ridiculous to me) then banning the dance doesn’t help. They will use something else.’

One said: ‘I had no idea it was connected to the game and kids are using it to bully other kids.

 ‘I can see the schools point now. But they need to explain it to the kids too.’

Fortnite was released in July 2017 and is one of the biggest online games in the world with more than 40 million players worldwide.

In the popular Battle Royale version of the game players leap out of a plane onto a small island and then fight each other until there is only one left- weapons and other items are hidden around the island.

When it was first released the game started as a four person cooperative. 

 The game is popular with celebrities with, with England World Cup star Dele Alli a known player, as is Spurs teammate Kyle Walker-Peters.

Alli even performed the floss dance on his birthday and has previously used it as a celebration after scoring a goal.

The dance has also proved popular in Love Island with Wes (pictured above) showing an almost perfect rendition of the dance- though viewers took to social media to say he looked ‘demonic’.

 

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