Teacher suspended after posting a pole-dancing video on social media

“Was that wrong? Should I have not done that?”

The story of a North Carolina teacher reportedly being suspended after a video turned up of her working her part-time job as a pole dance instructor brings to mind the “Red Dot” episode of Seinfeld, where the George Costanza is fired for having sex with the cleaning woman on his desk.

For Kandice Mason, who posted a video of her pole dancing on Facebook, dancing with a stripper pole is a form of expression that she’s passionate about — so much so that she works part-time teaching the skill.

But Hoke County Public Schools are not as passionate about dancing with a stripper pole and opted to suspend the teacher after someone tipped the school district about the video, ABC 11 reported.

“I’ve worked so hard to try and make sure I can provide for my daughters and our livelihood to have it jeopardized just for doing something that I’m passionate about,” Mason.

Hoke County Schools representative Donna Thomas confirmed to the ABC affiliate that Mason “has been suspended with pay pending an investigation.”

According to the teacher, who has a stripper pole mounted in her home, it was due to her violating a policy on being a role model.

Mason showed ABC 11 the policy: “As role models for the school system, students, however, employees are responsible for their public conduct … even when they are not performing their job duties as employees of the school system.”

Mason said the person who tipped off the school district was not a parent or student.

“It wasn’t even like it was a parent or student that brought this up,” she said. “It was someone that was being malicious and pretty much trying to make me out to be a bad person,” she said.

But she insists that’s not the case.

“I’ve never felt ashamed of pole dancing,” Mason said. “It’s just an art for me. I just don’t see it as negative.”

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Tom Tillison

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