It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that high school students would dig one of their scholastic superiors taking part in the hip-hop world. This notion is evidenced by the reaction that Southampton High School students had to their assistant principal, Esther Adler-O’Keefe, appearing in a rap video by St. Louis rapper J.R. featuring Trey Songz, for the song, “Best Friend.” However, Southampton School District officials weren’t too keen about Adler-O’Keefe’s cameo. The Southampton Press reports that Adler O’Keefe has been removed from he $126,000 per year post, due to the video.
Adler-O’Keefe’s role wasn’t even that crazy. She appeared with her husband as a married couple that let J.R. house-sit for them as they leave for the weekend. Her role is far from the scantily-clad women twerking for J.R. and Songz as booze and weed flow freely through a house party that the rapper throws, seemingly without the permission of the homeowners. However, the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” plot of the video was too much for district officials to handle. The Press reports that Adler-O’Keefe has been demoted to a role that will “oversee a variety of academic support services throughout the district.” She had served as assistant principal for five years.
“The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Scott Farina. “In fact, we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices. Additionally, this is not representative of who we are as a district, nor of our students and staff.”
Adler-O’Keefe claims ignorance, saying, “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.”
Check out the video that the former assistant principal appeared in below. Is the school district wilding, or is it justified in its disciplinary actions?