(NEW YORK POST) – A kindergarten principal in China tried to liven up a back-to-school event by hiring a pole dancer — and was promptly fired when fuming parents complained about the racy stunt.
Videos shared on social media showed a dancer scantily clad in hot pants and a midriff-bearing shirt entertaining crowds of 3- to 6-year-old kids dressed in pristine uniforms and their parents at the Xinshahui private kindergarten in Shenzhen on Monday.
The schoolchildren appear to be taking in the show with a mixture of confusion and excitement, with some of the boys attempting to copy the dancer’s gyrating and hair-flipping.
Journalist Michael Standaert, who has a 5½- and a 4-year-old child at the school, posted a video of the performance on Twitter, writing that the principal had “gone nuts.”
“Who would think this is a good idea?” he said, adding that he was trying to pull the kids out of school and get his tuition money back.
“The principal hung up on my wife when she called after saying it was ‘international and good exercise’ … okay, yeah maybe for adults, but not 3-6-year-old kids,” he added.
One recording shows that the flagpole the dancer climbs is also flying the Chinese national flag.
After outrage from parents and the videos gaining attention on social media, the Baoan educational bureau said the pole dance was “inappropriate” and fired the principal, according to the Washington Post.
The principal, Lai Rong, issued an apology, saying she thought “inviting professional dancers to the kindergarten to perform for the parents would liven up the mood” on the first day back.
“I did not think through the contents of the performance … It was a very terrible viewing experience for the kids and the parents. For that, I sincerely apologize,” she said.