Principal Gets Canned After Hiring Pole Dancer To Welcome Back Preschoolers 😬

Many schools in China begin the new school year with some sort of ceremony. These often include speeches and different types of performances, but no one expected a principal to ring in back-to-school season with a pole dancing show.

This happened at Xinshahui Kindergarten in Shenzhen, in the southern province of Guangdong. About 500 three-to-six-year-old children, along with about 100 parents, gathered in the courtyard of the school.

There, a female pole dancer started to perform. She wore revealing clothing and used the flag pole in her performance.

Parents, in complete shock, posted videos online of the pole dancer.

Shenzhen-based journalist Michael Standaert has a child who attended Xinshahui, and happened to be one of the parents who recorded the performance. He tweeted a short video clip, along with his frustration toward the school, and the administration:

Who would think this is a good idea? We’re trying to pull the kids out of school and get our tuition back. They wouldn’t give us the number of the company that owns the school, but looking into that.

He also noted that this isn’t the first unusual stunt for Principal Lai Rong. Before summer vacation, she implemented more than two school weeks of military activities that included machine guns.

So before our kids got out of kindergarten for the summer, there was 10 days of military ‘activities’ and displays of machine guns and mortars at the door; now the principal has welcomed them back with a strip pole dance on the flagpole bearing the PRC flag. She’s gone nuts.

She ended up getting fired as a result of this performance and the backlash from angry parents. 

The local education bureau in the Bao’an district conducted an investigation after a number of parents complaining to police, and found that the pole dancer was invited to perform at the school. 

They made the following comment on the incident:

Other schools in the district should reflect on this incident and strictly uphold education standards.

Lai told The Global Times, a state-run tabloid:

I may as well be dead. I already lost the hope to live.

Twitter was as disturbed as most of the parents, and possibly most of China.

But wait! This isn’t the first time a pole dancer has been hired to perform at a school. In previous instances, however, it was the fault of a student and not a professional educator such as a principal. 

One student called a stripper to perform at Grisham Middle School in Austin, Texas, and paid using his parent’s credit card. Once she arrived on campus and realized it was a middle school, she phoned the front office and explained the situation.

Principal Paige Hadziselimovic explained the incident in an email to parents:

Our staff handled the situation with the utmost decorum and professionalism. While regrettable, the incident had no negative impact on any students, other than the student who is responsible.

Pole-dancing is a popular form of exercise. Standaert had his wife phone the principal about the performance. Lai said it was “international and good exercise” before hanging up.

Plenty of people agreed with her:

But some agree that, while pole dancing can be a great form of exercise, this situation wasn’t appropriate.

Perhaps at a gymnasium, fully-clothed, it might have been different? Maybe?

Others insisted a pole-dancing performance is not appropriate for children:

Parents asked for tuition refunds and removed their children from the school. Lai claimed she booked the dancer for her “excellent skills” but then gave a contradictory statement when she apologized to parents for a “horrific viewing experience” after not checking the dancer’s performance.

H / T – Indy100, WREG, CBS