Canadian teachers lose jobs over school lap dance
OTTAWA (AFP) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Two Canadian teachers have lost their jobs for performing a raunchy lap dance in front of high school students that became an overnight Internet sensation, education officials said Tuesday.
“The Winnipeg School Division has accepted teacher Chrystie Fitchner’s resignation. The short term contract for Adeil Ahmed has run its course and expired … and will not be renewed,” said a statement.
Both teachers at the Churchill High School were suspended last month for performing “an inappropriate dance during a school spirit week,” it said.
Their lewd performance during a teachers’ “dance-off” competition in the school’s gymnasium was recorded on February 17 by a student using what appeared to be a cell phone and later distributed online.
By the next day, it had become a hit on video-sharing websites, and Canada’s public broadcaster CBC aired it nationwide the following week.
The clip showed students giggling, gasping and screaming as a male teacher bumps and grinds against a female colleague seated in a chair in the middle of the crowded gymnasium.
It provoked mixed reactions from “appalling” to “harmless fun” in Canadian online forums.
“If it were up to me personally, I would fire them both,” Winnipeg School Division trustee Mike Babinsky said at the time. “Teachers are mentors to our children. This is the kind of stuff I don’t want kids to mimic.”
“They so, so crossed the line,” a parent, whose daughter showed her the video, groaned to the Winnipeg Free Press.
“It embarrassed me. While we were first watching it, I said, ‘They crossed the line.’ My daughter said, ‘Wait, it gets better.'”
The male teacher also appeared in the one-minute video bobbing his head near the female teacher’s genitals in an apparent simulation of oral sex and grinding his hips against her crotch.