Carlie Beck, former coach of the Casa Roble High School cheerleading team, was fired by the San Juan Unified School District in California after administrators learned she'd been a former Playboy "Cyber Girl of the Week."
A Model, But Not Necessarily a Role Model
The 20-year-old is pursuing a modeling career and her photos are widely available online, including a more tame photo spread for ATVscene.com, where she was Miss Scene Girl, November 2008.
"I posed for Playboy before I was employed by the district," Beck told KXTV. "I feel I was honest and forthright about my modeling history before I was employed." Beck's involvement with Casa Roble High School was short-lived; she had recently been hired in February.
Forever on the Internet
Just slightly older than the girls she'd been coaching, Beck was aware of the risks of the Playboy shoot and acknowledged, "I went into this understanding that it would be on the internet and I think it's important that anything you put on the internet will be there the rest of your life and there is access to it, so it's important to understand that."
A Moral Decision or a Vengeful One?
When the story of her firing surfaced last Thursday, rumors indicated that a disgruntled family - upset that their daughter couldn't try out for the team - ratted on Beck, who used the name "Carlie Christine" on the Playboy site.
Earlier today on NBC's TODAY show, the family came forward to tell their side of the story to host Matt Lauer.
According to Scott and Heather Geniella, their 14-year-old daughter Adelle had been barred from trying out for the team because she'd had more than three unexcused absences from school; yet by setting high standards of behavior for the girls, the district in effect had a double standard of behavior since its coach - a role model for the girls - had posed naked for Playboy.
The Genielles disputed the fact that sour grapes were involved.
In an ironic twist, Heather Geniella told TODAY that when school officials attempted to google Carlie Beck's modeling career online, they used school computers which blocked student users from accessing inappropriate content - including Beck's Playboy photos.
See Carlie Christie/Beck's comments on her firing and her future opportunities with Playboy on the Carlie Christine Playboy page. Don't worry - there's no nudity involved; Playboy wants you to pay for that content.