Pole-dancing sixth grade teacher suspended after video leaks to school officials

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Kandice Mason is a part time pole-dancing teacher, but her full time gig is being a sixth grade teacher. (Courtesy of Kandice Mason)

A North Carolina educator has been suspended after the school district where she worked came across a video of her taking a pole-dancing class.

Kandice Mason, was hired as a teacher at West Hoke County Middle School about a month ago. Unfortunately, the excitement she felt about starting her new job didn’t last very long after a pole-dancing video she posted on her private Facebook account was somehow revealed to her new employers. Soon after, Mason received notice that she was being suspended.

The sixth-grade teacher, who is also a single mother of two, works as a part-time pole-dancing instructor and said she was preparing for the new school year when she received the shocking news.

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“When I was suspended, I was humiliated… the superintendent, principal and another employee were in a room and berated me for my pole dancing video,” she recounts.

“I was really excited,” Mason told WSOC. “I had already been given my classroom.”

Mason holds a Master’s degree in psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Certificate in Phlebotomy. She has nothing but excellent reviews from parents and students, and says she pole-dances as a form of exercise and to relieve stress and unwind.

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“That’s how I stay in shape,” the mother of two said. “That’s how I feel like I can express myself and have time for myself.”

According to ABC 7, the school did not fully disclose why she has been suspended, with administrators only citing a policy that states: “As role models for the school system employees are responsible for their public conduct…even when they are not performing their job duties as employees of the school system.”

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Check out part of Mason’s video below. Grio fam, do you think the school made the right decision or should Mason be allowed to teach her class?