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Cap gun prank costs Cannon Falls dance coach her job

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The Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Team were state champions in 2013. The Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Team were state champions in 2013.
CANNON FALLS, Minn. (KMSP) -

After football, the dance team is the biggest program at Cannon Falls High School -- but an apparent prank gone wrong at an all-night event has the team reeling because their coach is now out of a job.

The decision to relieve Madi Salisbury of her coaching duties came on Monday night, and it sent shockwaves through the Bomber dancers. Many team members came to the meeting to show their support, but one of the state's best dance groups will now have to part with their popular coach because school leaders say an incident at an overnight team-building event put some of her students into counseling.

"We, as a team, know it is not a situation to be taken lightly," Maddie Moskal told Fox 9 News. "We understand the difficult situation we are all in, and are sensitive to the subject of school violence. We also know acknowledging mistakes and learning from them -- and being given second chances should not be taken for granted."

Apparently, a staff member brought cap guns into the darkened high school building where the dance team was spending the night. Fox 9 News was told it was something of a gag, perhaps to scare the girls; however, at least a few of the younger team members were terrified. Some have sought counseling, and the superintendent made it clear the district's policy is black and white on the issue.

"Zero tolerance is zero tolerance," Beth Giese said. "Cannon Falls schools take security very seriously -- the safety of our students," she assured. "We really found this incident was in violation of our hazing and weapons policy."

Although it was a tough decision, Giese believes it was the right one -- even if the team was overcome with tears at the time. She promised that the team will be able to compete this winter despite the firing; however, Giese also added that there will be no more "lock-in" events at the school for any team.

Salisbury will have 15 days to appeal the decision, and it's clear that her dancers hope she will even though the search for her replacement will begin immediately. One told Fox 9 News that Salisbury was not the staffer who brought the cap gun in. In fact, the dancer said Salisbury immediately turned on the lights and had the cap gun put away once she learned about it. The person who is believed to have brought in the cap gun has already been let go.

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