The Utah teacher who came under attack for the pictures she posted of herself on Instagram is keeping her job, and actually received an apology from school officials who she says told her to remove her photos or risk being fired.
Mindi Jensen, 37, is a bikini model and body builder as well as a detention teacher at North Sanpete Middle School in Moroni, Utah, and a single mother of four. She says she got into fitness recently to combat depression and get healthy again after her divorce.
“I’m 5’8″ and my weight had dropped to 100 pounds,” she told PEOPLE. “I was so unhappy with my life that I didn’t eat. After I moved to Mount Pleasant, I decided to join the gym and work on getting fit again, physically and mentally. I found I really enjoyed it and started dedicating myself to working out, one hour a day, six days a week. For the first time in a long time, I felt good about myself.”
Unfortunately she didn’t feel good about herself every Monday when she returned to school. She says the principal of her school would call her into his office to ask why she would post such photos. He wanted her to remove them or make them private because parents were complaining that their children found them and they were inappropriate and pornographic.
Jensen felt threatened so she decided to speak up, at the urging of a close friend. She took her story to a local tv station after which the school district changed their position, issuing the following statement, “The district has cleared up any misconceptions with employees and will conduct training for parents to teach their children appropriate Internet usage.”
As for Jensen, she plans to continue teaching, as well as working out, participating in body building competitions, bikini modeling, and sharing her photos on Instagram.
What do you think about this situation? Would it bother you if a teacher or employee at your child’s school posted similar photos on social media?