Teacher Quits After Controversy Over 'Provocative Selfie' On Facebook
A secondary school teacher who was suspended after posting a 'seductive selfie' on Facebook has quit her job.
At the time of her suspension, Lydia Ferguson, who worked at Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell, near Milton Keynes, was reportedly escorted from the premises after an eight-minute row with school officials who deemed her social media conduct as 'sultry' and 'provocative'.
Pupils reportedly overheard (and allegedly recorded) the discussion.
The 39-year-old posted the above photo of herself sitting on the edge of a bed while dressed in a white dress and black heels.
At the time, the mum of three, defended herself on social media, saying: "I don't think it's seductive or inappropriate either.
"I've always stuck to a rule on FB and Insta that if my Grandad bless his heart would look at any of my pictures in disgust then I would never post them."
Speaking to the Sun, and confirming that she had quit her job, she said: "After it all blew up, I knew I couldn't go back to the school. I'm no longer employed there.
"I just don't want the stress of it any more, my family have been through enough of it. It's taken up quite a lot of my life which has been quite hard."
A spokesperson for the school said: "We confirm that Lydia Ferguson is no longer employed as a member of the support staff and the school has nothing further to add."
At the time of the suspension, one pupil told the Mirror that they had overheard the conversation: "Miss Ferguson was saying she didn't think there was anything wrong with the photo. All it was showing was a bit of leg."
With Ferguson also having formed part of the school's pastoral care team, pupils started a petition to get their teacher back, reasoning that the school had been 'too prudish'. The petition managed to attract over 350 signatures.
A student said: "There is nothing wrong with the photo at all. We think Miss looks lovely."
While another added: "She is a brilliant teacher. She is there to help students who have problems like bullying and stuff. She does so much to help us and we're so upset she's been suspended."
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