Teacher Fired After Pupils Find What She Says Is Artistic Video Of Herself Dancing Online
A Russian literature teacher who has a side job as a pole dancer has been fired after one of her pupils found this video of her online which the teacher claims is artistic, and showed it to her mum.
Pole dancing, which has its roots in gentlemen’s clubs as an erotic dance, has now become a mainstream form of fitness combining dance and acrobatics.
The video that teacher Victoria Kashirina posted however did show her dancing but without a pole, and she said it was an artistic side project that she had long wanted to do, but which critics argued was too saucy for a Russian literature teacher with young children in her class.
Newsflash spoke to the teacher in an exclusive interview, who said that her dismissal was “absolutely unfair”.
The incident took place in the city of Novosibirsk, which is located in Siberia in southern Russia.
Kashirina, 23, is a Russian language and literature teacher but she was fired for “immoral behaviour” and is now threatening to sue the online school, having become a teacher with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
She said that her students, who she said were all aged 11 to 12, liked her and said that she was their “favourite teacher”. She added that one of her favourite students had found the video of her on her Instagram account.
The schoolgirl, who has not been named, reportedly showed the footage to her mother and the parent complained to the head of the school.
The teacher who city made no secret all the time of the fact that she also works as a pole dancer was subsequently fired.
Kashirina said: “I have been a pole dancer for several years and have long dreamed of making a video. Of course, it was not meant for students.
“The student’s mother demanded that I close the account.
“I refused, and in the end I blocked both the daughter and the mother.
“But it was already too late: In the morning the director wrote and demanded that I remove the video, but the video itself was already widely shared among the parents.”
The parents were divided into two camps, with some criticising her for having posted the video online and those who were upset because she was fired as they really liked her.
Kashirina told Newsflash: “The dismissal is absolutely unfair because there is nothing like this in the employment contract. And where they saw immoral behaviour in my work is a mystery.”
She added: “There is nothing here to contradict the rules of the employment contract. And immoral behaviour is generally a very abstract concept.”
Kashirina said that she had filmed the video for “aesthetic purposes”. She also said that she had never worried what her students would think about her online persona, saying: “No! I was not worried. Before that, my students followed me on Instagram and saw my content. Our professional relationship did not suffer from this.”
The pole-dancing teacher is hoping that the school will pay her compensation. Failing that, she will have no other choice than to take her chances in court.