Two teachers at a Canadian high school have been suspended without pay this week for a racy "dirty dancing" pep rally performance. The action was announced Tuesday, Feb. 23.
As if the performance, an equivalent to a lap dance, wasn't enough to enrage Churchill High School officials, thousands became outraged when video footage found its way to a score of Web sites.
Posted under the title "Two Teachers, One Chair," the clip features a seated female gym teacher, Chrystie Fitcher, being straddled and seductively handled by a male educator. At one point, the male teacher simulates an oral sex act, bobbing his head near Fitcher's genital area.
The rally took place in the school's gymnasium in front of approximately 100 students and members of the faculty and administration.
Freshman Saigha Vincent, 14, said the routine began as a funny skit, but soon skirted outside the realm of good taste.
"At first we were laughing," Vincent said. "Then it was like, ‘Oh that's a little too far.'"
Mike Babinsky, a Winnipeg school trustee, said he is outraged at the dance and has launched formal investigation of both teachers. Babinsky said both educators may be subject to further disciplinary action in coming days. The male teacher was not named as of 1:47 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.
"He is sticking his head into her crotch--into her private area," Babinsky told reporters Tuesday. "I don't know if they're making contact, but it's way too close."
Several other students reported being embarrassed while watching the display unfold live. The one-minute video also has been viewed by a score of students, parents and school officials.
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