Laraine Cook, High School Basketball Coach, Fired Over "Immoral" Facebook Photo

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Laraine Cook, a Idaho high school girls' basketball, was fired from her job over a Facebook photo in which her fiance, Tom Harrison, holds her breast.

The photo was deemed "immoral" by school administrators.

Laraine Cook Facebook Photo

"I don't feel that it's an immoral photo, and that's what the termination is based on," Cook told Local 8 News in an interview regarding the controversy.

The photo shows Cook and Harrison in bathing suits at a lake.

Harrison, who is a football coach at Pocatello High School, the same institution, was "reprimanded" for his involvement in the photo, but not fired.

Cook said the reason her fiance wasn't fired is because she was the one who put the photo to Facebook. In any case, she plans to fight the decision.

"I would love to be able to coach those girls again," Cook lamented of the job she lost. "I love teaching. I love coaching. I love working with the kids."

The district stands by its decision to fire Cook and not Harrison.

Laraine Cook is in the middle of a multi-step grievance process.

With the aim of getting her job back, she intends to state her case, which she feels is strong. If some parents had it their way, she'd have never been fired.

Dave Reichelt, whose daughter plays basketball at Pocatello, said, "My daughter has been empowered by [Cook], and not just in basketball, but in life as well."

"We believe she's an awesome coach and a great influence on our daughters. Did she make some bad choices? Yeah... But I think she received it in a lot of humility."

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