Nov 7, 2016 2:33 PM
PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth teacher has apologized to school officials after dressing up as Donald Trump in a classroom and dancing to a "F--- Donald Trump" song.
Geometry teacher Kara Kelley remains on paid administrative leave after student taped her dancing to the rap song, Seacoastonline reported.
Kelley claimed that she dances in the classroom to make students feel comfortable, and did not hear the song or knew what the lyrics were when she was dancing. Once she became aware of what the lyrics were, she said that she had the class turn it off so they could get back to work. She also said that she dressed as Donald Trump because it was Halloween and the head of a school department previously dressed as Trump so she didn't think it was a problem.
Kelley said that she has been threatened, her professional career is uncertain and she had to get permission to vote at a city school Tuesday since news of this incident was shared nationally.
During a meeting with her union lawyer and attorneys for the city on Thursday, she apologized for letting inappropriate music play in her classroom and stated that a relaxed classroom atmosphere is not the best. She also said that she did not regret wearing a Trump costume on Halloween, but did regret matters going beyond her control in the classroom.
Kelley told Seacoastonline that she does plan on wearing the $10 suit she bought at a Savers thrift store for her now-infamous Donald Trump costume and will be voting for Hillary Clinton Tuesday.
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