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Sep 23, 2015 9:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton High School Assistant Principal Makes Headlines

Sep 23, 2015 10:07 AM

It has been just over a week since Southampton High School’s assistant principal, Esther Adler-O’Keefe, made her debut in a racy rap video starring artists Trey Songz and JR.

In that short time, the video has garnered more than 560,000 views from a variety of people—rap music fans, intrigued Southampton students, angry parents, and dumbfounded administrators—and has made headlines all over the world, including in the United Kingdom and Australia.

The more immediate fallout has been harder to determine: Superintendent of Southampton Schools Dr. Scott Farina said the matter is an “ongoing personnel issue.” He would still not comment on whether any disciplinary action will be taken against Ms. Adler-O’Keefe, or even whether she has been on the job since the matter came to light.

At first, one current senior, Brianna Muller, said she did not think anything of Ms. Adler-O’Keefe’s decision to appear in the video. “I didn’t think it was a big deal because she was barely in it,” she said on Tuesday. “But, it was still an inappropriate video and didn’t look so good for her reputation considering she’s an assistant principal.”

Ms. Muller added that she assumes many parents are shocked that a school administrator agreed to “be a part of something so inappropriate.”

One individual, who identified himself in a YouTube comment as a Southampton High School student, said, “She is an assistant principal who is in a video that promotes behaviors that she would discipline students for—why would she not be in trouble?”

At a Southampton Board of Education meeting on Monday, John Clarke, a North Sea parent who previously had two students in the school district, echoed these sentiments and said that school employees are held to higher standards and should be aware of that.

“You need to show the students of the district there are good decisions and there are bad decisions,” he said. “There are behaviors in this world that are acceptable and some that are not. And, of utmost importance, there are consequences to your behavior.”

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