Lots of workers have hobbies that they pursue in their off-hours, but if their side passions are at odds with their day job, they can find themselves in big trouble. Case in point: Emmanuel Polanco, a Bronx junior high school principal who appears in videos as a rapper called "El Siki."
Polanco, 30, earns $127,115 a year as principal of Junior High School 80, according to N.Y.'s Daily News. But at some point, he was pursuing a career as a rapper named "El Siki" and appeared in videos in which he made sexy moves, ordered champagne and cavorted with busty blonde babes. When word spread through the school of his Internet videos, parents were upset. "Someone has to hold this guy accountable," Cecilia Donovan, mother of a student in Polanco's school, told the Daily News. "It's ridiculous what he's doing there."
A spokesperson for the Department of Education told the newspaper that the agency "takes parents' concerns seriously" and is investigating.
As the Internet has made it easier than ever for students to uncover educators' past, many professionals have found themselves under fire. Tiffani Webb had been a guidance counselor in New York City for 12 years when scantily-clad photos from her past modeling career surfaced; she was fired days before getting tenure. Webb said the photos floating around the internet had been digitally altered and distributed without authorization. She has filed suit.
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