A young teacher suspended for posting a “provocative” selfie on social media has quit her job.
Lydia Ferguson was escorted from the secondary school she works at in March over the picture of her sitting on the edge of a bed wearing a short, white dress.
Pupils at Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell, near Milton Keynes, Bucks, rallied to her defence, launching a petition called “Get Miss Ferguson Back”.
Miss Ferguson, 39, defended herself on social media at the time, 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.”
But now the mum-of-three has told The Sun:
“After it all blew 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 anymore, my family have been through enough of it.
“It’s taken up quite a lot of my life which has been quite hard.”
A school spokesman added:
“We confirm that Lydia Ferguson is no longer employed as a member of the support staff and the school has nothing further to add.”
Pupils had defended Miss Ferguson, with one saying:
“There is nothing wrong with the photo at all. We think Miss looks lovely.”
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.”
The picture itself generated more than 300 comments on Facebook but one pupil said:
“Not a single person thinks there is anything inappropriate about it.”
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