September 5th, 2018 – A Chinese principal was fired after parents objected to her bringing in pole dancers to kick off a new school year. Holding school ceremonies in September is a tradition in China, but most educational leaders opt for principals and alumni giving motivational speeches in place of scantily-clad dancers gyrating on flag poles.
Lai Rong, the former principal of Xinshahui kindergarten in Shenzhen, said she decided on this event because of the dancers’ “excellent skills.” Parents in attendance didn’t appreciate the dancers’ skills, however, and focused instead on their children.
Outraged messages quickly filled Chinese social media platforms WeChat and Weibo.
“Pole dancing at a school welcome ceremony? How can I trust my children with them? I’m going to pull my kid out and ask for a refund,” one parent wrote on WeChat.
Michael Standaert, and American journalist based in Shenzhen, shared several videos from the event as well as his wife’s interactions with the principal. He said this isn’t the first time the school has used poor judgment in planning celebratory events. This past spring, the principal held military activities with displays of machine guns.
“So before our kids got out of kindergarten for the summer, there was 10 days of military ‘activities’ and displays of machine guns and mortars at the door; now the principal has welcomed them back with a strip pole dance on the flagpole bearing the PRC flag. She’s gone nuts,” he wrote on Twitter.
So before our kids got out of kindergarten for the summer, there was 10 days of military “activities” and displays of machine guns and mortars at the door; now the principal has welcomed them back with a strip pole dance on the flagpole bearing the PRC flag. She’s gone nuts. pic.twitter.com/BJr4UI6Oq3
More from the opening day of our kids’ kindergarten. Crazy. We’re trying to get them out of there and get our tuition back. They also had a bunch of adverts out for a pole dancing school. Most likely paid the principal to put them up. pic.twitter.com/fgU946hFwn
Who would think this is a good idea? We’re trying to pull the kids out of the school and get our tuition back. They wouldn’t give us the number of the company that owns the school, but looking into that. pic.twitter.com/vEdIhuq774