Music Teacher Put on Leave for Taking Choir to Hooters

65868871_93a37d1f01After her choir students sang at the Arizona Center recently, choir teacher Mary Segall took them out to lunch at the only downtown Phoenix restaurant that could accomodate their large group of 40 people:  Hooters.

That move got the teacher, whose been teaching for 23 years, in hot water.  She’s been put on administrative leave, and district official say they believe that there were other restaurants in the area that the group could have chosen instead.

“We believe that there are many venues for lunch for a large group of people in the downtown Phoenix area,” school spokesperson Judy Willis told The Arizona Republic.  “There could have been a choice that might have been more appropriate, given that it was a school-day event with a school employee in charge.”

Segall’s students were also featured an one of Barack Obama’s inauguration events in January.

Segall’s plans were to retire in January 2010 anyway, but what an ugly way to end what a long and apparently sucessful career in the classroom.  Hooters is tacky, for sure, but hardly a strip club, and commenters at AZCentral.com say that there really isn’t a good restaurant downtown for a group as large as Segall’s.

How would you have felt as a parent if your high schooler was taken to lunch at a Hooter’s during school hours?

Photo:  sheriffmitchell, Flickr

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