A middle school teacher plans to sue her district after she was fired when a topless picture she sent to an ex-boyfriend shows up at the hands of a student.
“What is wrong with my image? It’s my breast, it’s my chest, it’s my body, it’s something that should be celebrated,” Lauren Miranda said.
Miranda, 25, says she has no regrets about taking this topless picture in the privacy of her bedroom a few years ago.
What does concern her is how the picture was obtained by a student at Bellport Middle School where Miranda was a math teacher since 2015.
She was fired last week. She says the superintendent of the South Country School District told her she could no longer be a role model for the 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 not being a role model to them?”
Miranda wants her job back or she’s planning to sue the school district for $3 million for gender discrimination saying her rights as a woman have been violated.
“Anytime a man has ever exposed his chest no one has ever commented or had any problem with it whatsoever. But when a woman displays her chest, as happened here, she’s get fired from her job,” John Ray, Miranda’s attorney, said.
Parents of some of the middle school students shared what they thought about the incident.
“Whether her intentions were for a student to get it or they weren’t, a student did and you have to be responsible for your actions,” Randy Miller, a parent, said.
“I understand why she would be fired but it’s probably more complicated than just a black and white situation,” Arlene Henao, a parent, said.
The school district declined to comment on the lawsuit.