Oxford University Harlem Shake librarian 'sacked'
- 19 March 2013
- From the section Oxford
Students at an Oxford college have called for the reinstatement of a librarian who they say was sacked after the filming of a Harlem Shake video.
About 30 students took part in a version of the internet dance craze in St Hilda's College library. It has had more than 5,000 views on YouTube.
St Hilda's Junior Common Room (JCR) passed a motion demanding the librarian is reinstated.
An Oxford University spokeswoman said the college was making no comment.
JCR president Esther Gosling said the librarian had been sacked and up to five students fined between £30 and £60 after the video was posted online in February.
She said the filming had taken place in the library shortly before midnight. She insisted the librarian was not involved in organising the stunt and "couldn't have stopped it".
"We don't want to undermine the college authorities or decisions they make, but in this case we think their reaction is excessive and the dismissal is unfair," she said.
Ms Gosling said the college had told her they could not comment on individual staff matters.