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Marshfield coach fired after "Blurred Lines" dance

MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- Controversy has ignited in Marshfield over a dance team coach being fired following a performance at a football game.

Lisa Joling, head coach of the Marshfield High School dance team, was fired after an August performance to Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines."

"We edited the music to make it appropriate for a high school dance team performance," Joling said.

Joling was fired in August--three days after the halftime performance.

She says students have always picked their own songs to dance to.

Joling says school leaders told her the school received complaints about the dance routine.

"I got no specifications on how many phone calls were made, no specifics on what was said, no specifics on exactly what they were unhappy with," Joling tells Newsline 9.

We reached out to four school leaders, including the principal at Marshfield High School. All declined comment.

Superintendent Peg Geegan issued a statement saying: "Action was taken to remove Ms. Joling from the assignment as high school dance coach based on appropriate reasons and following district protocols. Personnel matters are confidential, so further information will not be forthcoming from the district."

But some parents disagree with the decision to fire Joling.

"I have known Coach Jolin from having my daughter attend dance classes, and whether she was a dancing instructor or whether she was a coach she really upheld a high standard of professionalism, respect for not just the dancers and the audience but also for the dancers for themselves," says Kathy Hennick, mother of the dance team captain.

Newsline 9 asked school officials what were the policies and protocols that Joling allegedly violated.

The school told Newsline 9 to file a written request and that it would take up to ten business days to get a response.

Parents and students are left wanting answers.

"I feel that it wasn't necessary. A reprimand would've been acceptable, but I don't think a firing was necessary," said Hennick.

The dance team had seven members during the August performance. Parents and students say two members have quit because Joling was fired.

The dance team coach job is posted on the district's website.

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