A teacher has filed a $3 million lawsuit against her school district after she was fired over a leaked selfie.
Here's what we know so far...
Lauren Miranda's nightmare began in 2019.
via: FacebookThe then-twenty-five-year-old was suddenly and unexpectedly fired from Bellport Middle School in Long Island, New York, where she had worked as a math teacher.
She first became aware of the selfie when she received a text from a friend in another building.
via: GettyThere was a "nude" photograph being circulated amongst the school kids, and they were all saying it was her.
Of course, this came as a major shock to Lauren...
via: GettyWho was completely unaware of any nude photograph of her being in existence at all.
She just couldn't believe that the kids thought it was her.
via: FacebookSpeaking to the Guardian, Lauren said: "I just thought it was impossible. I was almost offended that she thought it was a picture of me."
However, the rumors were confirmed to be true.
via: GettyLauren was called to the principal's office, where he had the selfie displayed on his monitor screen.
As soon as she saw the photograph, it dawned on her.
via: FacebookBack in 2015, she had sent the picture to one and one person only: a male colleague she was dating, who also happened to work in the same district.
This was an act of revenge.
via: GettySafeline.org describes this particular brand of revenge as the act of sharing explicit or sexual images or videos without the consent of the person in the image.
It is actually considered as a criminal offense...
via: GettyAnd forty-six states across the U.S. now have laws against it.
However, this was not taken into consideration in Lauren's situation...
via: FacebookAnd she was suspended immediately. The school board then voted to fire her several months after the original meeting.
School officials reportedly told Miranda she could no longer serve as a “role model" for students...
via: FacebookAs the image was an "unwelcome distraction" and "not something students could unsee."
The news of Lauren's dismissal spread like wildfire...
@migold I’d like to know what disciplinary measures are being taken with the other teacher involved, Ms. Miranda’s… https://t.co/OXTnJKN5vP— Sandy Gola (@Sandy Gola)1554380296.0
@migold @maggieNYT The kid obtained the photo without consent- like a peeping Tom, and should be suspended with thr… https://t.co/Wvyume9p0S— eclow (@eclow)1554346861.0
@migold @maggieNYT Maybe the persons that should be investigated are the student and the male teacher who had posse… https://t.co/xniWx3QZ7g— Rob Harris (@Rob Harris)1554347444.0
@migold @maggieNYT This sounds like legitimate gender discrimination to me considering it’s legal for women to be t… https://t.co/Fx0SaXEN5T— Edward (@Edward)1554346438.0
@migold The headline should read: "Student expelled for hacking into teacher's cell phone." I hope she is reinstate… https://t.co/Wo59aMd4Zp— Yves Saint-Pierre (@Yves Saint-Pierre)1554373096.0
@migold @nytimes Why was the student snooping in the deep dark web about his teacher for? Was he trying to get veng… https://t.co/Rv67hRQT0P— no.one (@no.one)1554383188.0
@migold Isn’t the comparison to male breasts too simplistic? Shouldn’t the question be whether a male would also be… https://t.co/JfPuWHvRb2— VictoryRed (@VictoryRed)1554385392.0
@migold What happened to the student that was sharing her picture and to the other teacher she once dated??? This i… https://t.co/DnNuADiQMo— Frankie (@Frankie)1554416429.0
@migold @nytimes Fire the male teacher who shared it.— Adriana (@Adriana)1554347363.0
@migold Teachers are humans they should have a personal life outside of school hours. This world is getting crazier and crazier.— Alan O'Sullivan (@Alan O'Sullivan)1554380536.0
But, of course, this dismissal was certainly the most devastating for Lauren.
via: Facebook“I’ve never wanted to do anything else," she said of her dream of being a math teacher. “I was so proud of myself and so proud of everything that I’ve accomplished being twenty-five-years-old and about to be granted tenure - all of these milestones were ripped away from me because of a picture of my upper body."
However, Lauren decided to fight back.
via: FacebookShe went on to sue the school district for gender discrimination on the grounds that a male teacher would not have been fired in the same way as she had been.
For the past year, Lauren and her attorney, John Ray, have been embroiled in a federal court battle against the South Country Central School District and Superintendent Joseph Giani...
via: FacebookBut, in May this year, Ray announced their "groundbreaking victory" when a judge ruled that their $3 million lawsuit could finally move ahead. "This is a signal victory for women, and for the millennial generation," Ray said. "The prurient mindset of outdated generations is drawing to an end."
via: Facebook"Why should a woman be harassed in this way? Men are bare-chested, there are bare-chested swimmers, men-bare chested working in ditches, cutting front lawns, there are bare-chested men on the Super Bowl. No one gets upset about their breasts. The only distinction between them and her is, they both have nipples. Hers can suckle children and his cannot. It's absurd."
This is the photo that started it all.
via: FacebookWho'd have thought this single photo could bring a young woman's career to a grinding halt? Something needs to change. For more unjust stories of dismissal, keep scrolling...