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School district responds to firing of dance coach


The former Marshfield High School dance coach says the wrong song at the wrong time cost her a job, but the school district says that's not why she was fired.

This would have been Lisa Joling's second year coaching the Marshfield High School dance team.

"They went from a joke to a presentable, respectable, classy squad," said Joling.

But she won't be helping improve the team anymore. Joling says she was fired in August after her team performed to Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines."

"The kids liked it. They could dance to it. Everyone was excited about it, including me. I thought it was a good choice," said Joling.

Joling says the students picked the song. She says she edited it to make it school appropriate.

On the Tuesday following the performance, Joling says she got a call saying she was being let go. She says she was told she was being fired because of the song.

But the school says that's not true.

On Wednesday, Peg Geegan, the Superintendent of the School District of Marshfield released a statement.

"The suggestion from the media that the decision was based upon concerns about the safety and performance of students is inaccurate and unfounded," the statement read.

But Joling believes the timing of her team's performance is to blame.

"If I can be very clear that the performance took place on Friday, August 23, which was the night before the VMA awards. There was no controversy surrounding the song at the time," said Joling.

Joling says Miley Cyrus' provocative dance at the VMAs brought negative attention to her team's performance.

"I believe her performance played a role in me losing my job," said Joling.

The school's statement went on to say "The employment relationship between Ms. Joling and the Marshfield School District is a confidential matter that is not a proper subject for discussion in the media. The School District is currently pursuing a replacement to serve as Coach of the Dance Team. The School District will be providing no further comment regarding this matter."

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