High School Cheer Coach Fired — for Hooters Waitress Job?

Nicole Zivich, 24, was fired from her post as cheerleading coach at Estero High School near Ft. Myers, Florida in November. According to Zivich, the termination was driven by complaints from a parent that included comments about her second job – being a waitress at Hooters, writes Jonathon M. Seidl at The Blaze.

"Who writes 232 emails about one person in three months?," said Zivich, who uncovered the messages sent from the parent to school officials.

"That's more than an email a day…It's obviously what I would call a personal vendetta against me."

Personal comments all from one cheerleader's mom who refers to Zivich as an "inexperienced 24 year old Hooters waitress" with "no professional credentials," lacking "maturity and judgment" to be a cheerleading coach. She also added in another email that her daughter "won't be waiting tables" like her coach, writes Matt Grant at Fox 4.

In an email Estero Principal George Clover was perceived to have originally supported Zivich, saying:

"Nicole will never ask our girls to do anything that has not been approved in the area of safety" adding that he was "thrilled" to have her.

However, as parent pressure continued, Superintendent Joseph Burke got involved, and that led to Zivich's termination.

But the parent behind the e-mails insisted that her concerns were not all about Hooters, but rather about the stunts the girls were performing — and a bikini car wash the girls staged in the past, writes Grant.

After the termination, Zivich's cheerleading squad went on strike, demanding answers for why exactly Zivich was fired. So far the school board hasn't responded.

But a new report by Fox4 indicates that superintendent Joseph Burke may have been more involved in the firing than he has been insisting. Burke originally claimed that it was Clover's idea to terminate Zivich's contract.

Yet emails from Burke that have been uncovered show that he told Clover that they "cannot continue to condone the behavior" described by that complaining parent. And a month before Zivich was fired, he told school board member Jeanne Dozier:

"Mr. Clover has been advised to look for replacements."

While Burke says the firing was the principal's doing, his own words seem to suggest something else, writes Grant.

12 13, 2011
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