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    Tainted by the FLOM brush - Alima is out of a job

    Teacher is out of the show and out of a job
    by HEARNE CHRISTOPHER JR. (Kansas City Star)

    She took the high road, now she's high and dry.

    Mission elementary school teacher Alima Ravenscroft says she only wanted to have some fun. And maybe, just maybe, meet a nice guy she could take home to Mom or Dad.

    So she landed on the NBC "reality" series "For Love or Money."

    Ravenscroft, who describes herself as a Christian and virgin who plans to abstain from sex until marriage, passed on making out with hunky bachelor Rob Campos. She rolled her eyes and furrowed her brow as Campos' ultra-tacky antics careened out-of-control.

    Not surprisingly, the uncompromising Ravenscroft got ejected by the bachelor dude last Monday on the series' second episode. Her shot at collecting a cool million down the drain, but her dignity intact.

    "Thank God it's over," Ravenscroft heaved at Mission's Lucky Brewgrill, where 30 or so of her friends gathered to watch the show. "I am just so relieved to be out of that whole situation. I was so mad at myself for even giving him a hug."

    But all that's just the tip of Ravenscroft's "reality" iceberg.

    Though she warned her employer, the Visitation School, at 51st and Baltimore, of her intention to enter the reality romance fray, Ravenscroft was effectively fired for taking part in the series. Forced to resign is how she characterizes it.

    "It was strongly suggested," Ravenscroft says of the resignation. "But I don't regret going on the show. I mean, I'm single, this is the time to do something like this."

    Her main regret: That Visitation didn't give her the benefit of the doubt as to her conduct on the show.

    "It's their loss," says friend Robin Clarke, an Overland Park kindergarten teacher. "I mean, if you hire somebody, I think you should back them up."

    Had Visitation reserved judgment until seeing her, "they would have been pleasantly surprised," Ravenscroft says.

    Visitation principal David Woolwine did not return calls for this column.

    "They were just trying to protect their reputation, which is completely understandable," Ravenscroft says. "But there was another teacher on the show, and she didn't get fired. I feel like such a bad person. But some of the teachers (at Visitation) came out tonight to support me. They're so sweet."


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    Alima was never my fave on the show with her "I'm a virgin,yay me !" but she certainly doesn't deserve to lose her job.Her employers should have been happy and impressed with her maintaining her values in the face of so much racy behaviour.Maybe though, the "he coulda had a virgin" comment didn't go over well.
    FANTASIZE!!!!!! It's better than the real thing.

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    Hmmm, maybe the "other teacher" wasn't a teacher at Visitation: A Catholic Community School....

    http://www.visitation.org/wv/wvml/vi...ool/index.wvml

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    I notice Alima is still listed on the Roster at Visitation as the Reading/Math Specialist.

    Jules, I really thought that Alima's comment about "You know what, America? He lost out on a virgin." was meant to be humorous. She had that kind of way about her. It was certainly not a reason to force her resignation.

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    Well, maybe the Catholics didn't want Alima's proclamation of virginity associated with and ultimately desecrating the Blessed Virgin Mary's reputation, who, as you may recall, managed to give birth to Jesus with her sanctity intact.

    The Catholic church has enough damage control going on with their priests right now without having one of their teachers putting her sexual experience on national TV. Perhaps they're trying to maintain some semblance of morality within the Church while they pay off all the traumatized alter boys.

    Hey, maybe Rob can join a seminary. He'd probably fit right in!

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    Mimi, great ideas from you as usual. I like your political spin.

    The Church has to be very careful these days. It just won't do to have someone proclaim their virginity when we know there was only one true Virgin -- ever.

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    I can't see a Catholic school being thrilled with the premise of the show. Even though it is not a "marriage" show, it does seem to have a cavalier attitude rather than a sacred attitude about marriage. Also, that comment that "he lost out on a virgin" didn't help. Perhaps she thought the remark was funny, but I thought it was just weird.

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    Ok, let me get this straight....Heidi "I'm so skinny, and cute...fat girls don't deserve to be near me" gets to keep her job and Alima "I'm a virgin" loses hers. Makes total sense to me. :rolleyes
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    If I'm reading this article right, the school didn't wait to view the show, they saw the commercials or whatever and decided it wasn't what they wanted a teacher of theirs to be doing. I think they're perfectly right. If you go on reality TV after seeing what it's like, then you better expect the worst-case scenario.

    Heidi, by the way, has quit her job.

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    Originally posted by dagwood
    Ok, let me get this straight....Heidi "I'm so skinny, and cute...fat girls don't deserve to be near me" gets to keep her job and Alima "I'm a virgin" loses hers. Makes total sense to me. :rolleyes
    I'm pretty sure that Heidi's school was a public school.

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