This Utah Teacher Almost Got Fired For Running A Fitness Instagram
Are you really fit if you don’t post photos of yourself in a sports bra at the gym? Well, yes, but for some of the people I follow on the gram, it seems like their main reason for getting fit is to post pictures looking hot.
Utah middle school teacher Mindi Jensen nearly lost her job over her Instagram account full of these #fitpics. Jensen is a competitive body builder when she’s not busy molding the minds of young students, and the PTA mommies don’t approve of her after-school activities. One of her student’s parents found Jensen’s Instagram, which was full of pictures of her at body building competitions and working out. The parent called it “pornographic,” and soon enough, so many parents complained that the school gave Jensen three options: make the profile private, take the pictures down or be fired.
Most of us relish the privacy options on Instagram because we’re afraid of this exact same situation. A potential employer finding pictures of you in a bikini or popping bottles means you for sure won’t get a call back. But Jensen’s pictures weren’t obscene or unprofessional (despite the fact that they weren’t exactly modest). Rather, they were motivational, they connected her to the supporting health community of Instagram, and her body building even helped her cope with a divorce, so after briefly deleting her pictures, she decided no more.
“Why am I taking this picture off, I get comments and messages that it’s inspirational to them and these women like my story,” she told a local ABC News affiliate. “If I put it to private, it’s not going to reach these people that might need and understand me.”
So Jensen kept her profile public and the school realized they were freaking out for no good reason. Just goes to show: even teachers have to be careful about what they post on social media.