He’s poisonous! Texas substitute teacher “off duty” after arriving at high school with karaoke machine and lights before yelling Britney Spears from his desk
- The unidentified classroom in Austin, Texas on Friday morning
- School officials asked him to leave campus for not following “best practices”
- Video shows him singing Britney Spears’ Toxic at accompanying light show
- District expresses sorrow and says performance was “a bit too much”
A substitute teacher in Texas was fired after bringing a karaoke machine to class and performing Britney Spears’ hit Toxic.
The unidentified male replacement was fired early Friday after taking to singing with an accompanying light show during the first period at Bowie High School in Austin.
âI’ve heard worse covers from Britney Spears, but the lights are a little too bright,â a grieved District spokesperson told KAXN-TV.
Video of the incident shows the male replacement sitting behind a desk and screaming as multi-colored lights dazzle the classroom.
Texas substitute teacher fired after bringing karaoke machine to class and performing Britney Spears hit Toxic
“I’m addicted to you / Don’t you know you’re toxic? The professor sings, deploying impressive pipes. “And I love what you do / Don’t you know you’re toxic?” “
Although rumors circulated around campus that the man was a prankster posing as a substitute teacher, the district confirmed he was a registered surrogate.
The district also confirmed that the classroom is not normally equipped with a karaoke machine, and that the substitute himself brought the device to class.
The case is not considered criminal and the teacher has not been arrested. It’s unclear if the teacher presented the performance as a joke or if he just wanted to cheer his students up with his mellow tones.
But the Austin School District said the teacher was asked to leave after the first period because he “wasn’t following. [the district’s] best practices. ‘
The district said the teacher passed a background check and was registered by front desk before class in accordance with policy.
âAll the processes were followed, it was just a replacement not following our practices,â the district said.
The unidentified sub was fired early Friday after starting to sing along with an accompanying light show during the first period at Bowie High School in Austin.
Video of the incident shows the male substitute sitting behind a desk and crying as multi-colored lights dazzle the classroom
After being “fired,” the teacher reportedly found another job at another school in Austin later on Friday.
No additional song report was made.
Schools across the country are grappling with staffing issues, contributing to a wave of closures.
Last month alone, 8,692 individual schools were affected by closures, which many school districts blamed on “staff issues and mental health reasons” according to Buribo, an organization that tracks school district websites.
Last week, dozens of schools closed throughout Thanksgiving week to reduce pressure on their overworked staff.
This led to administrators taking over janitorial and cafeteria duties, as well as filling the classroom.
The situation appears to be a symptom of a wider labor shortage, after millions of people left the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.
In Portland, Oregon, the teachers’ union offers “Self-Study Fridays” where high school students are released early and teachers are given a half day due to “the stress of resuming full-time in-person lessons. “.