School cracks the whip after fake Lady Gaga incident

2011-06-03 07:12

New York – A New Jersey school employee was in trouble yesterday after telling students they were being treated to an online chat with Lady Gaga when in fact it was an impersonator.

The elementary school employee had promised students the singer would give an anti-bullying talk via the internet last month, officials said.

“Knowing how disappointed the children would be, without authorisation the staff developer made arrangements for an impersonator to take Lady Gaga’s place, a clear lapse in judgement,’’ Lynn Trager, superintendent of Tenafly public schools, said in a letter to parents.

Trying to keep up the illusion, the fake Lady Gaga told the students her webcam was broken and she could only interact via a text-based chat programme.

Signed photos of the Born This Way singer were handed out, but the ruse was exposed when a student noticed the signatures were forged, Trager said.

Trager said “appropriate action’’ was taken against the employee for violating the school’s “highest moral standards of honesty and integrity’’, but would not provide details.

Lady Gaga, who has spoken frequently of being bullied at school and campaigned against discrimination, was unaware of the situation, her spokeswoman said.

“She had no knowledge of this and is currently discussing plans to do something with the school, but nothing has been solidified yet,’’ said spokeswoman Holly Shakoor. 

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