MOUNT PLEASANT, UTAH (ABC 4 UTAH) - A fitness model and teacher was afraid that she was going to be fired from her job Wednesday after posting pictures of a bikini competition where she took third place.
The teacher uses an alias on social media sites to post competition and transformation pictures but doesn’t promote the sport to students.
Mindi Jensen is a body building fitness and bikini model. When Jensen isn’t working out she is teaching at North Sanpete Middle School.
“I’m new here, I’m divorced. I’m doing this all for the first time,” said Jensen.
The single mom of four says she was depressed and unhealthy and when her weight got down to 100 pounds she realized she needed to focus on fitness.
“I thought with my body being stronger maybe it would soak into my emotions, my heart and my brain and strengthen that so I started fitness,” said Jensen. “I get women, single woman, single mommas that message me, even on Instagram they will message me and tell me that what they read and what they see that I’m doing has inspired them to be healthier, has inspired them to leave a bad situation, to build strength.”
But pictures of her transformation and competition photos from the competitions that she posted on social media became a problem for the district.
“These kids found it and the parents were appalled by the pictures they called it immodest. They called it pornographic. They called the pictures inappropriate and these are my fitness and show pictures in my sport, in my uniform in my bodybuilding sport,” said Jensen.
She says on Tuesday, the school and the district gave her three choices, make the post private, take them down or be fired.
"Why are my rights being taken away and not the child’s right. It's between the parent and the child. Put restrictions on your children,” she added. “If you are not comfortable with seeing me in my fitness uniform on stage posing then take that away from your kid. Don’t take it away from me.”
Good 4 Utah went to the school district to inquire about the ultimatum.
A statement from North Sanpete School District Superintendent Dr. Sam Ray said "the district has cleared up any misconceptions with employees" and will conduct training for parents on appropriate student internet usage.
Jensen says, “They apologized for any misunderstandings.”
The teacher will now keep her job and help children learn in school while continuing to work out.
“I feel like I’m good at it. I feel like I can go places with it. This is the first time that I have felt strong.”
Now she is an inspiration for many others.
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