Hiring a pole dancer to perform for 500 kids age 6 and under probably isn’t the best way to spice up the first day of school.

Lai Rong, principal of the private Xinshahui kindergarten in Shenzhen, China, learned that the hard way Monday after approving a seductive dance routine on a pole topped with the Chinese flag, witnessed by the kids and 100 parents. The schoolchildren appear to take in the show with a mix of confusion and excitement, with some of the boys trying to copy the dancer’s gyrating and hair-flipping. “She’s gone nuts,” a parent (and journalist) tweeted, noting Lai referred to the dance as “good exercise” and previously approved “displays of machine guns and mortars” at the school. Lai got fired hours after apologizing for what she now calls a “horrific viewing experience.”

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