A teacher who posts videos of himself shirtless and TikTok dancing says he was furloughed from his job because of his videos.
Christian Shearhod (@xiivn) announced on TikTok Tuesday that he has been furloughed from work after posting a video of himself in a human resources office just hours before. Shearhod says after “Karens” called his superiors and told them about his TikToks, he was put on leave and won’t be able to say goodbye to his students.
Shearhod has amassed over 565,000 followers for his videos about teaching and his personal life. As of Wednesday, his video about the furlough had nearly 320,000 views.
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The past videos of the TikToker address criticism of his videos. In a video released Sunday, Shearhod says he was told not to post videos of himself shirtless because he is a teacher. The TikTok then features Shearhod’s shirtless silhouette with the overlay text saying, “And?”
Shearhod said his favorite videos are the ones that feature his students and that he creates TikToks to “connect with his students and other teachers.”
Commenters on Shearhod’s videos had mixed reactions. Some showed understanding for his situation.
“As a colleague, I am so sorry that this happened. It was so inappropriate,” commented @whitneysummer. “People need to normalize that teachers have an outside life!”
“YOU ARE AMAZING and all you do is spread love and positivity,” wrote @edenthedoll. “These schools should encourage you and help you not to stop you.”
“That annoys me! I’m also a teacher and I definitely support your content!” @misshuweshangout commented. “Stay true to yourself.”
Others stated that Shearhod was wrong about what he posted on TikTok.
“We all saw this coming,” wrote @wehead_instead.
User @teachhistorycreatively urged Shearhod to “learn” from working leave.
“You are great at what you do,” they commented. “I hope you find the perfect balance in how you use your social media for positivity.”
“They can’t put you on leave without good reason so I’m not saying you did anything but it wasn’t without reason,” wrote @j.enna444.
At the end of his video about the leave of absence, Shearhod sent a message to his students.
“I know they are awesome and will still do awesome things,” says the TikToker. “It’s been a great year.”
The Daily Dot reached out to Shearhod via a contact form.
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*Initial publication: June 8, 2022 at 5:13 p.m. CDT
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