Teaching Assistant Sacked After Parent Finds Her Lingerie Photos Online

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A primary school teaching assistant was sacked after a parent complained about her lingerie modelling snaps.

Gemma Laird, 21, lost her job at Bloemfontein Primary in County Durham, after the pictures were discovered.

However, she claims the school was aware of her modelling work with Lexi Fashions when she first applied for the position.

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Gemma said: “I had been doing really well in the job and was getting great feedback. They said I was a natural with the children.”

But after a week things took a turn for the worse as she was called in to see Laura Liddell, the headteacher.

She continued:

She said, ‘I don’t want to have this conversation with you but I have to’. She sat me down and said somebody had been on my Facebook page and discovered that I was doing modelling work. They had reported me for it. I was told that they didn’t want to damage the school’s reputation and that people would lose respect for the school if they found out I was a model.

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And that wasn’t all. They were also worried that some of her pupils who have low self esteem would search for her on Facebook or Instagram, adding they didn’t want any of her pupils to think it is acceptable to be a model. Just, wow.

Gemma added: “she made me feel dirty and like I was a prostitute. It’s ridiculous.”

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However, the headteacher at Bloemfontein Primary School, defended the school’s actions.

She said:

Members of staff and those on apprenticeship placement in school are expected to adhere to certain standards of behaviour, including in relation to their use of social media, and to set a good example to pupils. It was brought to our attention that images which were not appropriate and which did not comply with our expected standards had been posted on social media by a newly appointed apprentice.

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This is pretty outrageous. If it doesn’t affect your ability to teach, surely it shouldn’t be such a big deal?

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