Russian Teacher Forced To Quit Over Controversial Photos Posted On Social Media

6Teachers Are Human Beings Too

This was the hashtag created by the teachers to support Tatyana. The teachers were both male and female who posted pictures of themselves on vacation and during after school hours with the hashtag to gain more attention to the situation their colleague was facing.  They wanted to show the parents that the teachers cannot be bound by the school’s rules while off campus.

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7They also made jokes

As this image shows, a male teacher posted this on their social media with the caption “The main thing that I don’t show during my classes are my legs. I don’t even mention them”. This was aimed at how male teachers will never be charged with such accusations as female teachers.

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8Other support

Maksim Kostenko, who is the regional education minister supported Tatyana and said publicly that he did not see anything wrong with the images. He also praised her for braveness to participate in winter-sports and all her achievements and said Russian schoolchildren needed role models with healthy lifestyles. He also said that the teachers and their social media should not be questioned after school hours.

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9The parents’ reaction

After the parents raised complaints to the principal about the images the poor teacher was shamed by all the parents and even a few members of the staff. She said that she was told, “only prostitutes get themselves photographed dressed like that — high heels, dress above the knees, everything on display”.

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10Why was it wrong?

The reason this was wrong was that the parents had no right to cause any problems for the teacher as she never dressed like this during school hours. These images were taken in her leisure time and the parents had no right to judge her character on the basis of it.

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