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Councillor: ‘I was wrong over school Gangnam dance’

A top councillor has admitted his criticism of a school’s Gangnam Style video was wide of the mark after it went viral.

A scene from the hit video

A top councillor has admitted his criticism of a school’s Gangnam Style video was wide of the mark after it went viral.

More than 31,000 people have watched the spoof video which shows staff at Mount Carmel High School dancing to the Korean pop song, in the space of just three weeks.

The hit video features teachers, office workers and cleaners dancing in all areas of the Accrington school and in front of surprised pupils.

Accrington school teachers' Gangnam Style video is YouTube hit

However, Hyndburn Conservative leader Peter Britcliffe, who was initially critical of the video has had a change of heart.

He had claimed parts of the film – which includes three male staff members dressed only in towels in the changing rooms – could undermine teacher respect. He said: "My first reaction, as a former teacher, was that I was not sure that it was the right sort of thing to encourage the respect needed between teacher and pupil.

"Having listened to the young folk and taken another look at the video, I too have concluded that this is harmless fun and does nothing to take away from the excellent reputation of the school, pupils and teachers."

 

Headteacher Xavier Bowers said the school has been totally ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of people to view the film online.

He said: "We never expected it to be this big. We are delighted with the way it’s been received by the vast majority of people.

"They have seen it for what it was which is a bit of fun during our Christmas celebrations.

"We have also been encouraged by a lot of the comments made by former and present pupils and parents and how well its gone down with the children."

The video was shot over a three-week period and shown to pupils on the final day of term before Christmas as part of their festive celebrations.

Mr Bowers said the school is starting to reap the benefits of social media.

He said: "We are finding we are using it more and more, often to communicate with parents and pupils and are finding it really effective.

"We had not posted anything like this on the internet before. I have learned more about social media in the past two weeks than the past ten years. We have seen all the good things that come with it and the pitfalls."

 
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