Twerking Olive Branch Teacher Being Criticized

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(Olive Branch, MS) A mobile phone video of an Olive Branch, MS teacher is getting a lot of attention.

In the video, a teacher is seen 'twerking' in-front of a class.

Twerking is defined as, "a type of dancing in which an individual dances to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance."

Some people have said the video is disturbing.

School administrators say the video is not what it appears.

“The two teachers had good intentions to show how silly students look  when they dance in inappropriate ways.  This video was taken out of context," said Allyson Killough, Olive Branch High Principal.

Killough went on to say, "Our responsibility as teachers is to be a good example and act professionally.  A video clip out of context can have multiple meanings and be misinterpreted”.

Dennis Turner will have more on the video and reaction today on News Channel 3 at Five.


  • Daniel

    I had both Abernathy and Lambert for high school teachers at OBHS and like everyone else who had them as a teacher, this is way out of context. That’s how they are. They are goffy, silly, and funny. They know how to be a good role model, they know how to teach, and they are professionals as teachers. I’m horrible with history but with Lambert, I passed that class with an A. They should not be getting all the bs that they are getting from this video. I think that the parent who submitted this video should get to know the teachers and know that that is just how they are and that is being an amazing teacher.

  • Codi

    As a student that has had those teachers I know personally that they always have a reason to there demonstrations. They are both amazing teachers and you can ask anyone that has had there classes previously that they make sure to help there students and make teaching us actually interesting instead of tiring. This student was just mad because he was written up by one of the teachers.

  • Julie m

    That’s mr ab and mrs lamb. I went to this Highschool and had both of them as a teacher and they have always been doing funny stuff. They even had their own show that they showed at our school during the morning announcements. It’s stupid to think this is bad or vulgar. They are the ones that made people remember high school and enjoy it! They have made memories for me that I will never forget and will always cherish because they are great at what they do!

  • monroe

    Hey I had Lambert MY senior year she is a AWESOME & she makes class fun & learning fun. Abernathy he is the same way. They didn’t mean any harm by the video. Just keeping kids attention. I mean u have too entertain students too keep there attention. I used too look forward too School because these teachers. They made learning much more interesting.

  • Keith

    My Daughter is a student at Olive Branch High school. The teacher dancing is one of the best teachers and most caring teachers you could ask for. He reaches students and impacts their lives. If WREG makes something negative of this video, it would be a great injustice. WREG, find something solid to show us on the news and don’t air 8 second video clips you know nothing about and try to create a story. Signed Watching Channel 5 tonight.

  • Proud OBHS Teacher

    I teach at Olive Branch High School and I’ve worked side by side with both of these teachers for twelve years. They are two of the best educators at OBHS, not only because of the knowledge that they impart to the students but also because of the connection that they have with the kids. They are liked and respected by the staff and the students. I could only hope that my child could one day by taught by these two educators. I am proud to work with these teachers because they not only liven up the students’ days but they also make my job more enjoyable. They love their job and their students! They know that the only way that you survive this job is to incorporate some fun!

    One other thing to keep in mind is the fact that over the years, these two teachers have taught state tested subjects and consistently had students with high passing rates. OBHS is also an “A” school and has been for the past two years. Apparently, teaching is taking place in our classrooms, and these two teachers are a huge part of that!

    Side note: On the day of this video filming, many of us were approached by Quistor Voices, our student run tv/broadcasting class, and were asked to perform popular dance moves to be shown on qv. The whole point? To have fun and to show kids how they appear to us when they dance! I am willing to bet that the person who sent you this clip didn’t include that useful piece of info.

  • Joseph

    I don’t think that there is anything wrong with the video if he was showing them how stupid the dance is! It’s just getting carried away because one student took it and posted it everywhere!

  • C1981

    It’s obvious that these teachers were being silly! There’s nothing wrong with this video at all! I had an art teacher in high school that took 1 student every year to prom and “made him a man” from all accounts. THAT was a problem, not this!! The biggest issue I see here is that some child had their cell phone out during school hours. Is this allowed now?? To my knowledge kids aren’t supposed to have them out at all. Cell phones should NOT be allowed in schools!

  • Richard Fitzpatrick

    I have no clue why this is on the news. I had Mrs. Lambert for Government and I knew Coach Abernathy really well. They’re not trying to just get the student’s attention. It was just something funny. And for God’s sake, it is just 6 seconds long. Everybody on the news, including the man that was reporting about the video, made it seem like they’re bad teachers. No, they are wonderful teachers. And no one was in shock. I knew the girl y’all pointed out in this video. She was laughing, she was not scared. I sit in front of her at lunch everyday, and she’s not happy that y’all pointed her out on the news for something so pointless. You can ask every single student at the school on their opinion about this being so worldwide, and they will also think the same.

  • Richard Fitzpatrick

    Oh, and at least talk about something more solid on the news. This 1:50 video was just a waste of time. Mrs. Lambert and Coach Abernathy are great, intelligent teachers. A little 6 seconds of twerking, and they’re all of a sudden immature and shouldn’t be teachers? Really? I will stand up for those teachers any day.

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