A Utah middle school teacher has won the fight to keep her job after parents noticed her bikini modeling photos on Instagram. The educator is divorced mother of four Mindi Jensen, 37, a renowned fitness model. She says she got into that racket to deal with the grief following her divorce. Despite her awards and impressive physique, the parents of students at the school are not happy with what they feel are her raunchy photos that are online.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Parents Have Described Her Photos as ‘Pornographic’ & ‘Inappropriate’
Jensen is a teacher at North Sanpete Middle School in Price, Utah. According to Jensen, who was speaking to ABC Utah, said that parents of students had complained to school officials about “pornographic” and “inappropriate” photos Jensen posted on her Instagram page. On that page, Jensen goes by the moniker “Minscakes.” She regularly posted photos of herself at fitness model competitions and at the gym, pumping iron.
2. Her Job Is Now Safe With Jensen Saying That the Complaining Parents Aren’t Related to Her Students
Jensen told ABC Utah that she was given an ultimatum by the school board, either delete the Instagram, make it private, or be fired. Initially, Jensen made it private, but then reversed her decision. She says her photos are meant to be inspiring. Jensen told ABC Utah “Why am I taking this picture off, I get comments and messages that it’s inspirational to them and these women like my story. If I put it to private, it’s not going to reach these people that might need and understand me.” The school has since changed its stance, opting instead to teach parents about responsible Internet use. After that decision, Jensen posted on Facebook:
When your life gets turned flipped upside down!!! I may have taken it literal. This is my life my choices and it’s all positive. Love yourself your life and stick by your choices ….come what may.
In an interview with Fox Salt Lake City, Jensen said that the parents who are complaining aren’t the parents of kids she teaches.
3. On Facebook She Describes Herself as a ‘Baker’ & an ‘Actor’
In a July 2015 Facebook post, Jensen describes herself as “newly divorced.” She describes missing her kids at times, who appear to spend some of their time in Idaho. In the About section of her Facebook page, she says she previously lived in Idaho, as well as New York City. Jensen also writes “I’m a Baker, creative, an actor, loves photography, self taught Jane of all trades, motivated, independent, happy, energetic, optimistic, loves the gym, lives for the sun and outdoors, sense of style, and above all a great Mom who’s ready for this new stage of her life.” She also describes herself as a “teacher” in quotation marks on Facebook, as well as being a Deer Antler spray ambassador.
4. She Likes to Rock Out
On her Facebook page, Jensen regularly updates her followers about the various concerts she’s attending, including Alice In Chains and during the summer of 2015, an Aerosmith show in Las Vegas.
5. She’s Not a Lesbian & If You Think Otherwise, You’ve Been Catfished
Previously, Jensen says that her image and life was used in a catfish attempt by a woman named “Katie.” In a Facebook post about the scam, Jensen says “To Katie and all the other Katie’s out there stealing peoples pictures and lives, I feel bad for you. Get off your butt and away from the computer and make a life of your own that you can be proud of!!!!”