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Cannon Falls dance coach fired in hazing incident

August 26, 2014
Associated Press

CANNON FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Cannon Falls dance coach has been fired following a hazing incident involving toy guns.

The Post-Bulletin ( ) reports the school board voted Monday not to renew a contract with Bomber Dance Team head coach Madi Salisbury. Cannon Falls Superintendent Beth Giese says the decision was made to protect students, in accordance with the state's weapons policy.

During a team-building exercise in July, the upperclassmen planned to scare their younger teammates. Salisbury says she was unaware someone had brought pop guns, which some girls thought were real guns.

Salisbury says only two dancers out of 53 in the program claim to have lasting negative effects from the incident.

The dance team has won six state titles in the past 11 years.


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