School wants to fire teacher who worked as stripper, but says that's not why
December 22nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

School wants to fire teacher who worked as stripper, but says that's not why

A high school teacher in Michigan is fighting for her livelihood after school officials learned she once took a part-time job as an exotic dancer. But school officials say her performance as a school employee, not as a stripper, is what got her in trouble.

Susan Brennan, 42, took the job while on medical leave in 2006 when she and her then-husband were going through serious financial problems, CNN affiliate WOOD-TV reported.

Officials with West Ottawa Public Schools in Holland, Michigan, have suspended Brennan with pay and filed 10 charges with the school board at Monday's board meeting. However, the charges - filed in a request for a tenure hearing - pertain only to her performance in the classroom, not on the stage, the Grand Rapids Press reported.

"The charges last night were based on her teaching competency and professionalism in the classroom," school board president Scott VanderStoep told the paper Tuesday.

Brennan said people need to be compassionate and understand that many women become exotic dancers out of desperation.

"If any good can come out of this, it would be that people understand why women work in those clubs," she said.

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  1. ToolTime

    She looks like the mom on Home Improvement.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Hey you're right! I've always thought Patricia Rchardson was hot.

      December 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ella quent

    Blah blah blah...this is news?

    December 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Hey STUD,it's the women who look dull and boring during the day that can make your toes curl numerous times at night!

    December 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott

    Her story doesn't make sense. If she's on medical leave why is she dancing in a strip club? Dancing is far more physically demanding than teaching.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |

    ever since VanHalen came out with hot-for-teacher it's been down hill for our nations education system.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Delta75

    So quick to condemn! People do take medical leave because of another family member's illness (it does not say it was PAID leave, and FMLA allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave)

    December 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    "I like teachers. If you do something wrong, they make you do it over again."–Rodney Dangerfield

    December 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |

    the only part of this story that is bad that she was 42 years old and stripping.

    December 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. erik

    True, it doesn't say it was paid leave or if it was FMLA. It might have been. A good labor lawyer might be able to help her.

    December 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clem K'diddle-hopper

    Lord Jesus, forgive for my un-Godlyness and evil.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brian

    lord...look at her size.. she is a heifer... she could break your legs doing a lap dance. No thank you. I would not even do her with your diseased pole.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    How did the board find out? Was a member a customer, perhaps? Lol

    Ah, who cares? Not enough details to form an opinion, one way or another.

    We'll just have to wait and see how this shakes out.

    December 23, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @Sutler: Sutler, Sutler, Sutler. Why must you think as I do, and why must you feel as I do?:"I like my pole dancers and barmaids any day of the week!"

    December 23, 2010 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Clem'K diddle-hopper: An angel (Lula) told me that you are dammed to burn in hell-too many sins, the big ones. However, if you keep asking for forgiveness on-line as you have been, you might get a break. Indeed, St. Peter might open the gates of heaven for you yet, you sinner.

    December 23, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. brian d

    If i was a woman ide be flaunting my junk all over town theres dudes that blow their whole paycheck on these women

    December 23, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
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