In other places, like Utah, you don’t have to do much of anything to be a candidate for a “witch trial.”
A Utah middle school teacher says administrators threatened to fire her over fitness inspiration pictures she posted to her Instagram page.
Mindi Jensen, a teacher at North Sanpete Middle School in Moroni, says the parents of a student at the school found her Instagram page, which she started under an alias, and complained to the school’s administration.
The photos show Jensen wearing bikinis to compete in body-building competitions and donning workout gear to exercise at the gym. Others feature her four children.
Jensen was given three choices. Take the pictures down, set them to private, get fired.
Here’s the raciest picture I could find.
‘I get comments and messages that it’s inspirational to them, and that these women like my story, and they’re following my story, and if I put it to private then it’s not going to reach these people that might need and understand me,’ she told Fox 13.
‘Why are my rights being taken away and not the child’s right? It’s between the parent and the child.
‘Put restrictions on your children. If you are not comfortable with seeing me in my fitness uniform on stage posing, then take that away from your kid. Don’t take it away from me.’
The principal and the school board picked a fight with the wrong teacher.
Ahead of a school board meeting on Wednesday, Jensen says she spoke to the principal and said she was willing to stake her job on her right to post on her social media accounts.
And the principal and school board did what bullies do when they’re challenged.
Jensen was not present for the meeting but afterwards she says she was contacted by the principal who said she was no longer in danger of losing her job.
The school district has since issued an apology in Jensen. In a statement, the North Sanpete School District superintendent said it has ‘cleared up any misconceptions with employees’ and will work to train parents on how to monitor their children’s internet usage.
The “… will work to train parents …” is the funny part. I don’t know about the schools in North Sanpete, but most schools can’t teach their students to read. Good luck trying to teach “parents.”
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