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Anderson Cooper show wants Hooters waitress from Pinellas school controversy

Anderson Cooper's daytime show Anderson wants to hear from the Hooters waiter caught up in last week's Pinellas school controversy.

Leah Ramker, Tampa Bay marketing director for Hooters Management Corp. in Clearwater, said Tuesday that a producer from the show called Sunday.

The waiter, Brittany Morgan, 23, could not be reached by the St. Petersburg Times. Ramker said Morgan has not decided if she's going to make an appearance.

A spokesperson for the show confirmed it reached out to Morgan, but said nothing has been booked.

For the Great American Teach-In, Morgan spoke to students at Calvin A. Hunsinger School, a K-12 public school in Clearwater that serves 130 students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She was wearing sweatpants and a sweater, not a Hooters outfit.

Her speaking engagement drew criticism from the mother of a sixth-grader who said it sent the wrong message to students about what kinds of jobs and careers they should be striving for. There were few other speakers.

The mother, Ashley Dominicci, said her workplace was contacted by Anderson on Tuesday. She said she would not be going on the show. "I have said everything I needed to say," she wrote in an email.

The story has been picked up by news outlets and websites around the world since it was posted on tampabay.com Friday.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Ron Matus can be reached at matus@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8873.

Anderson Cooper show wants Hooters waitress from Pinellas school controversy 11/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 5:42pm]
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