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Marshfield School District fires dance coach for using "Blurred Lines" routine

Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Singer Miley Cyrus performs "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 25, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A Dance Team coach in central Wisconsin has been fired, for using a routine with Robin Thicke's popular "Blurred Lines" in the background. 

Lisa Jolin was let go from the Marshfield School District in September, after an edited version of the song was used during a dance routine at the high school's first football game on August 23rd. 

That was two nights before Thicke performed the song while Miley Cyrus did a controversial dance at the MTV Video Music Awards. 

In a statement, Marshfield Superintendent Peg Geegan said, "Action was taken based on appropriate reasons which followed district protocol." 

That doesn't satisfy students and parents who defended Jolin. They said she brought a measure of respectability to the dance team -- which the parents and participants created without much help from the school system. 

Kathy Hennick, whose daughter Leah is the team captain, said she didn't see it as egregious because Jolin edited the music. Leah now coaches the team, choosing music and arranging choreography for upcoming routines. 

Jolin suspects that phone calls from just a few concerned parents cost her the job. As she put it, "I think if 3 to 5 people called, the district should have backed me up. It was 250 people, then yeah, they had to fire me." 

The school district has re-posted the job. There's been no interest so far.

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