Topless teacher fired, sues schools
A New York teacher is suing her former school after being fired for a topless selfie that circulated among students.
ABC reports Lauren Miranda, a former math teacher at Bellport Middle School on Long Island, said she lost her job this year after a racy photo from 2016 resurfaced. She found out from a colleague who texted her on Jan. 11: “The kids... are saying they have a naked photo of you.”
According to The New York Times, Miranda was confronted by a school administrator in a meeting with mostly men. She was shown her topless photo on a computer monitor and felt humiliated.
“That was probably the worst day that I endured,” she told the newspaper.
Miranda, 25, said she took one photo of herself partially nude in her bedroom three years ago and sent it to a fellow teacher she was dating at the time. She has no idea how it resurfaced, but a teenage student obtained it without her consent and began sharing it with classmates.
“I think when anybody sends a picture they only expect it to be received by the person that they sent it to and nobody else,” Miranda told ABC.
Her lawyer, John Ray, told BuzzFeed News that school officials tried to pressure her to resign and, when she refused, they placed her on administrative leave.
Miranda was finally fired last week after four years of working in the South Country Central School District, Ray said. Miranda now plans to sue the school district, its superintendent, and members of the Board of Education for gender discrimination, arguing that she wouldn’t have been fired if a male teacher took a similar topless photo.
She’s seeking up to $3 million in damages and her job back.
In his termination notice, the superintendent also told Miranda she was no longer a “role model” because she exposed her breasts in the photo seen by her students.