Lap-dancing teachers remain suspended

WINNIPEG — Two Manitoba high school teachers who performed a sexually suggestive bump-and-grind routine in front of surprised students at a rally are no longer being paid while they wait to learn their fate.

WINNIPEG — Two Manitoba high school teachers who performed a sexually suggestive bump-and-grind routine in front of surprised students at a rally are no longer being paid while they wait to learn their fate.

Mike Babinsky, a school board trustee, said the two teachers were suspended with pay for the first two weeks but were told in early March that their suspensions would be changed to be without pay.

Babinsky said Thursday that the timing of the disciplinary change was due to a senior division official’s suffering a death in the family only days after the incident happened.

Teachers Chrystie Fitchner and Adeil Ahmed performed a sort of lap dance, though they remained fully clothed, during a pep rally at Churchill High School in February. The performance included simulated oral sex.

The dance was caught on video and went viral on the Internet, prompting prompted calls from some parents for the teachers to be fired.

The Winnipeg School Division is deciding whether to take further disciplinary action, but all discussions have been held behind closed doors.

Babinsky said he has no idea when a final decision will be made.

The video shows the female teacher leaning back in a chair with her arms behind her head, and the male teacher bobbing his head near her crotch and thrusting his bum near her crotch.

There is a lot of cheering heard in the video, but at one point a female student is seen looking at the camera, saying “that’s wrong.”

Students said the dance was supposed to be part of a teacher dance-off, where four teams of teachers competed as part of the Winnipeg school’s spirit week.