A pair of Manitoba high school teachers whose enthusiasm at a pep rally morphed into a mock lap dance that became an Internet sensation are now out of jobs.
Jackie Sneesby, chairwoman of the Winnipeg School Division, announced teacher Chrystie Fitchner's resignation was accepted April 19. She also stated that the short-term contract for Adeil Ahmed expired and would not be renewed.
In earlier coverage DigitalJournal.com reported on the teachers whose enthusiastic participation in a school Pep rally at Churchill High School in February segued into dirty dancing that became an Internet sensation when it was filmed on a cell phone and posted to YouTube.
In early March DJ reported that the teachers would not be fired over the incident even though Mike Babinsky, one of nine trustees in the Winnipeg School Division, told the Winnipeg Free Press that the teachers should be fired. "If it was up to me, and alone up to me, yes, I believe so."
It was not up to Babinsky alone and the teachers were suspended, initially with pay and subsequently without pay. They have not been back in the classroom since the incident and will not be between now and the end of their contracts:
Ahmed's contract expired last Friday. On Monday, Fitchner agreed to drop a grievance against the school division in exchange for sick leave benefits. Her resignation is effective June 30, but upon the expiry of the sick leave or in the event she is deemed fit to work, she will be placed on unpaid administrative leave until the end of June.