I've got good news today, ladies. Turns out double standards are alive and well in Idaho.
Laraine Cook, a girls basketball coach at Pocatello High School, was fired last month after she posted a photo on Facebook. The image features Cook in a bikini standing alongside her boyfriend, the school's football coach, as he is grabbing her breast.
When the photo surfaced, the school fired Cook. Her boyfriend? He got a stern talking to.
Now I'm sure you're wondering how bad the photo could possibly be. While some sites have blurred out the potentially offensive part of the image, the NY Daily News features it prominently in its retelling of the story.
It's important to see in part because, at least in my opinion, it's really not that bad. It's two adults in a committed relationship having a bit of fun. Should she have posted it? No. But why is she the one most severely punished for the offense?
The school has not commented publicly on why Cook bore the brunt of its wrath, at least that I have seen, but Cook told KBOI2, a news station out of Boise, that it was because she was the one who posted the photo, not her boyfriend.
In a time when sexting among students is rampant, I understand the impulse to send a message. But I shudder to think what her students are learning from this experience. It's OK to be the guy doing the grabbing, but to be the woman posting? That's unforgivable.
Apparently she wasn't even given a chance to speak to her team before she had to leave the school.
"I've never directly had a chance to talk to them in person. I did send each girl a text message individually and just kind of wished them luck and tell them kind of what I thought about them," Cook told KBOI2.
Cook is now appealing her termination.
"I'm being optimistic," she told KBOI2. "And each day I just have a positive attitude towards it."
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