Southampton School District officials are criticizing an assistant principal's appearance in a raunchy rap video, saying it "is not representative of who we are."
Southampton High School assistant principal Esther Adler-O'Keefe appeared in a video which features wild partying and details a rapper's sexual encounter with two women.
"It has recently come to our attention that a member of our administrative staff appeared in a music video. The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton School District," Superintendent Scott Farina said Thursday in a statement. "In fact, we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices. Additionally, this is not representative of who we are as a district nor of our students and staff."
Officials declined to comment on whether Adler-O'Keefe faced any disciplinary action or provide further details about the incident, citing personnel protections.
The video for the song, "Best Friend," by rapper J.R. and R&B singer Trey Songz was released Monday.
Adler-O'Keefe plays a woman going on vacation with her husband. J.R. has been hired as the house sitter, but proceeds to throw a large party featuring alcohol, drugs and bikini-clad women splashing and dancing in the pool.
Adler-O'Keefe appears again at the end of video, when she and her husband return to find J.R. asleep on their couch surrounded by women. Adler-O'Keefe wakes him up by throwing a beach ball at his head.
Adler-O'Keefe has been with the district since 2010. She did not respond to requests for comment Friday. The website 27East.com reported that she confirmed her participation in the video in an email.
"Speaking as a private individual and not in my professional capacity, I wish to state for the record that, when I agreed to participate, I was completely unaware of the content, lyrics, and title of the video and song," she wrote. "Had I known of such content or lyrics, I certainly would not have participated in any fashion. I find the lyrics and content of the music video vulgar, offensive, and demeaning."
A number of commenters on the video on YouTube and Facebook have said they were current or former Southampton High students and recognized Adler-O'Keefe.
"The lady who owns the house is my vice principal!" a YouTube commenter wrote.