Long Island middle school teacher Lauren Miranda, 25, has been fired after a student got hold of her topless selfie.
It’s been reported that the selfie had been taken some years ago, sending it to her former boyfriend who worked as a teacher at a separate school in the South Country School District.
The male student who got hold of the selfie shared it in January leading the teacher to be placed on administrative leave with pay for a three-month period. Last week, after four years of teaching at Bellport Middle School, Ms Miranda was fired.
Ms Miranda, who reportedly doesn’t know how the student got hold of the selfie, said she’s now filing for a $3 million gender discrimination lawsuit following her dismissal.
The New York Post reported that Ms Miranda’s lawyer John Ray, made the following comments regarding the case:
Long ago, she sent her topless unremarkable selfie to her companion, never to anyone else. By unknown means, a student obtained it.
“The school district took possession of it, excoriated her, and fired her because her breasts were displayed.”
It has been argued that under similar circumstances, if this had happened to a male teacher the response would have been completely different, with Mr Ray stating:
“This would never have happened to a male teacher. The Suffolk County Administrators and School Board have not yet discovered that women are equal to men.”
“Lauren is rightly proud of her female torso. A woman’s breasts are not inherently prurient.”
6 ABC, reported that Ms Miranda has revealed she wants her teaching position back, and intends to fight her corner in order to set a good example for her students:
“What message is that saying to the girls who have their photos airdropped all over the high school and sent all over?”
“What message are we sending to them? To roll over when your picture gets exposed without your permission or consent? So how am I now not being a role model to them?”
Ms Miranda has stated she will not file for the lawsuit if she’s given her job back.
According to a teacher observation review obtained by WABC-TV, Ms Miranda was known to be an ‘outstanding Math instructor’: