Holt high school senior Kevin Jackson says working as a cook in Hooter's restaurant is helping him prepare for a career as a chef.
"They have taught me to keep everything clean as I go, sanitation, nutrition, everything I need to know for my future as a chef," Jackson said.
But because Kevin Jackson is getting his on-the-job-training at Hooter's, Holt high school will not give him credit for what he's learning under the district Work Experience Program. That's an option that lets students spend part of the school day at a job in their field.
"The high school staff didn't feel Hooters represented the goals and objectives we have for out kids, said Holt superintendent Tom Davis. "They only have female servers. They use sex as a means of attracting customers and we don't think that's appropriate. It's a sexist environment."
"He's already been accepted into a culinary institute," said Jackson's mother Sanday Gregory. "They have no problem about where he works. They said it was a great experience for him."
Kevin Jackson says he didn't apply to work in the kitchen at Hooters because they have pretty girls on the staff wearing what the restaurant calls sport shorts and tank tops.
He chose Hooter's because they have a good reputation for food preparation.
"The food has to be prepared the same way every time," said Jackson. "It's got to look good and taste good just like the army has regulations and rules that you cannot break or you're out."
"We have no objection to the boy working there," said Davis. "We have objections to giving him high school credit based on what goes on there and values portrayed by this organization."
"If they are allowed to work at Applebee's or anyplace like that, they should be allowed to work there," said Gregory. "It's a family neighborhood restaurant."
Wednesday, one Holt board member made a motion to give the student credit for his work at Hooter's. However, it received no support.