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Laraine Cook, High School Coach, Fired Over Facebook Photo That Shows Fiance Holding Her Breast

Yeah, she got busted.

Laraine Cook, a former girls' basketball coach at Pocatello High School in Idaho, was fired from her job in October over a Facebook photo in which her fiance, Tom Harrison, holds her breast.

"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 earlier this week.

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Coach Laraine Cook (left) was fired for posting a version of this photo to Facebook. Her fiance, coach Tom Harrison, was not fired.

The photo shows Cook and Harrison in bathing suits at a lake. Cook said the photo was snapped during a family vacation in July. As the New York Daily news put it, Harrison, who is a football coach at Pocatello High School, "wasn't flagged for holding," but was "reprimanded" -- short of termination.

Cook told Local 8 News that the reason her fiance wasn't fired was because she was the one who posted the photo to Facebook. She said she plans to fight the decision.

"I would love to be able to coach those girls again," Cook said. "I love teaching. I love coaching. I love working with the kids."

Cook is in the middle of a multi-step grievance process with the aim of getting her job back, but if some parents had it their way, she'd have never been fired.

"We believe she's an awesome coach. We think she's a great influence on our daughters. Did she make some bad choices? Yeah... But I think she received it in a lot of humility," Dave Reichelt, whose daughter plays basketball at Pocatello, told KPVI in October. "My daughter has been empowered by coach Cook, and not just in basketball, but in life as well."

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