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Should Teacher be fired for Modeling in Bikini?
Do you think teachers should be held to a higher moral code than other professions? That's what administrators at Martin County High School in Florida think by asking 9th grade English teacher Olivia Sprauer to resign after finding her racy modeling pictures.
I completely understand teachers finding extra work, or having a side job to help supplement income since we all know they don’t have the highest salaries. But does modeling mean you can’t teach? I agree that Sprauer’s pictures aren’t exactly innocent, but they aren’t pornography either. It is just a bikini. I don’t think it says a thing about her teaching ability, her rapport with the students, or how she manages her career. If it went against her teaching contract, then I agree with the administrator’s decision, but it doesn’t sound like there was anything in writing.
With the easy access of information via social media and the internet these days, many teachers (or potential teachers) may find themselves in a difficult situation with pictures that are accidentally posted on Facebook, Instagram, etc or past decisions rehashed through various social media. At what point do employers need to look at that information or ignore it? Don’t we all have some picture or decision that we may not want public? And if there is a higher moral code, shouldn’t that be listed when they are hired, and in their contract?
I’m torn on this issue between understanding Spauer’s need for extra income and the effect her choice could potentially make for her young impressionable students. What do you think, should she have lost her job, or should she be allowed to keep teaching even though she has a modeling job?