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'Toxic' performance: AISD sub asked to leave after singing Britney Spears karaoke in class

The man was fired after bringing his own karaoke machine to class. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

An unnamed substitute teacher at Bowie High School was “relieved of duty” after he brought a karaoke machine to class and sang the Britney Spears song, “Toxic,” for the class.


The teacher was asked to leave after the first period, according to an Austin Independent School District Representative who told KXAN the man “wasn’t following (the district’s) best practices,” but not before students captured the Friday performance on video.

The video was captured by a student, who was kept anonymous for privacy reasons and obtained by the New York Post.

“I’ve heard worse Britney Spears covers, but the lights are a bit much,” an AISD spokesperson told KXAN.

After finishing his rendition of the 2003 smash-hit, complete with flashing lights and vocalizing flair, the teacher performed a second song, “Shallow,” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga from the movie “A Star is Born.”

Students seemed to enjoy the singing, swaying in time to the song.

AISD said they confirmed that the sub checked in through the front desk, had completed a background check and brought the karaoke machine to class with him.

The man later picked up another job at Austin High School, according to AISD.

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