Should teachers be sacked for class lap dance?

Two Canadian teachers who performed a lap dance in front of pupils in Winnipeg have been suspended after a camera phone video of the act was posted on YouTube.

The one-minute dance was performed by a male and a female teacher during a pep rally at Churchill High School on Feb. 17. Most of the 14- to 18-year-old pupils at the scene cheer on the pair -- except for one, who turns to the camera and says "that is wrong!"

The footage was posted online by a 14-year-old pupil, who entitled it "Two Teachers One Chair". It became an immediate hit, but also attracted the attention of parents; one of which complained to the school. On Wednesday, the teachers involved were told not to return to work. The incident is being investigated by the local school authorities, who will decide what action to take against the teachers. The clip, meanwhile, is still online and thoroughly popular -- it has now been seen over 612,000 times on YouTube and sparked debate in both Canada and abroad. Did the teachers overstep the line? Was the show harmless fun or irresponsible?

Give your opinion.

Posted by “welove296” Feb. 23, 2010.



Funny makebelieve lap dance simulation in high school auditorium

When I saw the news headline I thought to myself "naked bodies" and "sexy music." I clicked through to the story. Duh. Then I watched the YouTube video. Duh again. Harmless fun. No harm caused. Live and let live. Lenny Bruce once brought up the subject of obscenity in a United States courtroom. He noted that the standard in the USA at that time was that something was considered obscene if the most easily titillated person person found something titillating. In this YouTube the only thing possibly titillating might be if you already knew what a lap dance is and you fantasize the real thing in your mind as you watch the simulation. You expect a high school student to know what a lap dance is? I wouldn't think so. HOWEVER, if they do know what a lap dance is then they also know how totally harmless a clothed simulation of one would be.
Heck, what am I saying? In today's neurotic society they think sexy erotic dancing even if they just see Miley Cyrus dancing around a pole emerging from an ice cream cart! How crazy is that... to get upset over absolutely nothing of any consequence.
No the teachers should not be sacked! Get real people!


I feel sorry and embarrassed for everyone involved in this incident: the school, the students, even the teachers. I agree that the dismissal of the teachers involved would definitely be an option for the school board to consider. At best, the teachers showed a severe lapse in judgment and exhibited extremely unprofessional behavior. If not dismissal, I think a public apology and intensive training in appropriate educational boundaries and ethics for the teachers would be in order.

Doug Jennings
Graphic Artist
Chicago region, USA

absolutely wrong

First of all i would like to thank for the guy who captured this.It is very true that it is wring specially in this case when the offenders are teachers.They should be suspended without any doubt.

It's wrong and obscene!

Why oh why hasn't anyone lap danced on geeky me in high-school? I'm 50, still living with my parents and without a girlfriend. :-(