Assistant principal Esther Adler-O’Keefe Removed From Position For Appearing in J.R. and Trey Songz Video “Best Friend”
Auburn haired Esther Adler-O’Keefe, plays just a small role in the music video for the song “Best Friend” by J.R., which also features the R&B singer Trey Songz,
(New York Times) – In the beginning of the video, Esther Adler-O’Keefe who is a Southampton High School assistant principal can be seen with suitcase in hand as she says goodbye to the rapper J.R. at the bottom of a spiral staircase, and leaves him to look after her luxurious house.
Within seconds of her departure, two buxom women begin to disrobe and approach J.R. They are the first of many scantily clad friends who appear in the four-and-a-half-minute production.
The video, for the song “Best Friend” by J.R., which also features the R&B singer Trey Songz, was released last month — much to the displeasure of officials in the Southampton school district on Long Island.
The woman who played the homeowner turned out to be Esther Adler-O’Keefe, the assistant principal at Southampton High School, whose duties included student discipline. This week, the district announced that Ms. Adler-O’Keefe had been reassigned to a new position.
“The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton school district,” the district superintendent, Scott Farina, said in a statement last month. “In fact, we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices.”
On Tuesday, an email was sent to parents of students in the district that said Ms. Adler-O’Keefe would be replaced at the high school. After a lengthy description of the new assistant principal, the email tersely described Ms. Adler-O’Keefe’s new duties as overseeing “a variety of academic support services throughout the district.”
When asked if she was reassigned because of her appearance in the video, a spokeswoman for the district declined to comment.
“The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton School District,” said Dr. Farina. “In fact, we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices. Additionally, this is not representative of who we are as a district, nor of our students and staff.”
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