Utah Teacher Under Fire for Posting Fitness and Bikini Selfies

PEOPLE Magazine is reporting an exclusive story about a Utah school teacher who posted fitness and bikini selfies. Mindi Jensen, 37, is a single mother of 4 and middle school teacher who came under fire when parents complained that pictures she posted to social media after finishing third in a body building competition were "immodest and poronographic." utah5 Published under a pseudonym, Jensen says that, "a few kids at school Googled me and ended up on my sites about a month ago. They told their parents and the parents then went to the principal about it. I was shocked when I was called into the office and told that my pictures were a problem. I was given three choices: I could make the posts private, take the pictures down or be fired." utah Jensen was called to the principal's office every Monday for an entire month! "He'd say, 'What about this picture,' or 'What about that one? Why haven't you made these private?' " she tells PEOPLE. "I thought, 'Why are they getting on my case about this? Why do they keep going to my pages and looking for new pictures to complain about?' It got so that I hated going to school on Monday because I knew I was going to get talked to about it." She asked him, "Aren't I good teacher? Do I come to school dressed appropriately? Do I behave appropriately? Would you really fire a good teacher just because of pictures she has on Instagram?" utah2 After taking the story to local TV, school district officials admitted they were wrong and have apologized. We think this outrage is over the top. What gets missed in the drama over the fact that she is wearing a bikini is the fact she is actually setting a really positive example for her students. This is not a sexualized image but one that promotes a positive, healthy body image while demonstrating an impressive level of commitment and dedication. utah4 Jensen started lifting weights about 6 months ago after battling depression. "I'm 5'8" and my weight had dropped to 100 pounds," she said. "I was so unhappy with my life that I didn't eat. After I moved to Mount Pleasant, I decided to join the gym and work on getting fit again, physically and mentally. I found I really enjoyed it and started dedicating myself to working out, one hour a day, six days a week. For the first time in a long time, I felt good about myself." To continue this self esteem boost, Jensen began to reward herself by competing in competitions and posting pictures to social media sites. utah3 We see nothing pornographic in these images. They are not distasteful. We see a woman who worked hard and dedicated herself to making a positive change in her life.  She has a healthy body, she has a strong body. These photos are inspirational and certainly admirable. Mindi Jensen is brave. "This is the first time I've ever stood up for myself and it feels great," she says. "It's a little awkward at school now, but I am who I am, and I'm not going to change. If it means that an employer will think twice about doing this to somebody else, then it's worth it." competition It takes courage to change your life. Jensen is setting a body positive example for her children and hopefully her students. What do you think of this story? Positive role model or inappropriate out of office behaviour? Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114150" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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