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School Principal Turns Down Strip Club As Work-Study Project

December 29, 1992

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (AP) _ A high school senior tried to collect work-study credit for working at the bar of a strip club, but he got an ″F″ after his principal balked at sending a teacher to visit him at work.

″They’re being very un-open-minded about this,″ said 18-year-old Dino Magazzeni. ″I mean, this is the ’90s.″

Magazzeni worked for six months as a bar helper, keeping the bar stocked and assisting waitresses. Ronald Wilhoit, principal at Coconut Creek High School, wouldn’t send teacher Peggy Stevenson for a work visit, one of the requirements of the Distributive Cooperative Education program.

″What if someone goes by and sees her car in the parking lot?″ Wilhoit asked.

Magazzeni agreed to get another job.

His mother, Cathy Magazzeni, is the ″house mom″ who takes care of the dancers at Thee Dollhouse III in Pompano Beach. His sister is a waitress there and his brother-in-law is a general manager with the company.

Mrs. Magazzeni said she considered fighting school officials but didn’t want to endanger her son’s graduation in June.

″I think this whole thing is crazy,″ she said. ″He should be able to work wherever he wants.″

About 800 Broward County students receive course credit under the program designed to teach employment skills while letting students leave school early for work.

Magazzeni was breaking no law working at the club. His failing grade meant he couldn’t wrestle this semester because his grade-point average dropped below the standard for extracurricular activities.