An assistant principal at an upstate New York high school was reassigned after school officials discovered her cameo in a raunchy rap music video (below).
Esther Adler-O'Keefe, of Southampton High School, starred in a brief cameo in rappers J.R. and Trey Songz's music video for the song "Best Friends," reports NY Daily News.
Adler-O'Keefe appears in the beginning of the video and tells J.R., "Enjoy yourself. Just remember, security’s here.” The security turns out to be strippers, and a house party ensues with twerking bikini-clad women.
Adler-O'Keefe returns at the end of the song and finds the rapper passed out, surrounded by weed and women.
The school condemned the video after its release in September, saying “is not representative of who we are as a district nor of our students and staff.”
“I wish to state for the record that, when I agreed to participate, I was completely unaware of the content, lyrics and title of the video and song,” Adler-O'Keefe told 27East in September.
“Had I known of such content or lyrics, I certainly would not have participated in any fashion. I find the lyrics and content of the music video vulgar, offensive and demeaning.”
The video has since received more than 1 million views. It is unclear how Adler-O'Keefe was featured in the video.
Representatives for J.R. and Trey Songz have not returned requests for comments.
Superintendent Scott Farina told Newsday in an email Adler-O'Keefe has a new position where she will "oversee a variety of academic support services throughout the district.”
“She will continue to serve the students at the high school with the same hands-on, collaborative philosophy she has always held.”
Educators have gotten into hot water for worse things than rap music video cameos. A story from Gawker from December 2014 featured a teacher who was fired for packing her students into her car and locking two of them in the trunk of her car to get snacks, while a middle school choir teacher was canned for drinking alcohol during a field trip.
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