Should Teachers Be Allowed to go to the Beach?

If you are going to fire educators and guidance counselors for being caught in bikinis you might as well ban them from public pools and beaches:

Tiffany Webb, a highly regarded guidance counselor at Murry Bergtraum HS for Business Careers downtown, was fired after 12 years with the Department of Education because photos of her in lingerie and bikinis from her early career as a model are still floating around the Internet.

Webb, now 37, said she posed in seductive undies between age 18 to 20, but stopped modeling several years before she became a city teacher in 1999. She has worked in elementary, middle and high schools.

But the photos — virtually all Photoshopped or altered, she says — kept popping up without her permission on sleazy sites such as “Mo Girls Entertainment” and “Showgirlz Exclusive,” even though she demanded their removal.

Tiffany Webb “should not be punished for something that happened years ago,” a panel member wrote.

Webb disclosed her former career when first hired. Yet she was investigated by the DOE three times — and twice spent a year in the “rubber room” — while officials probed the photos.

Each time, she was cleared to return to work with students.

She received nothing but satisfactory ratings, and was respected at Murry Bergtraum, where she juggled a caseload of 540 students.

But the ax fell after ex-principal Andrea Lewis claimed that a student showed her photos of a scantily clad Webb.

Last Dec. 23, days before Webb was to get tenure as an $84,200-a-year guidance counselor, she was dismissed for “conduct unbecoming” a DOE employee.

“The inappropriate photos were accessible to impressionable adolescents,” a three-member chancellor’s committee ruled by 2-1. “That behavior has a potentially adverse influence on her ability to counsel students and be regarded as a role model.”

I will tell you what is ‘accessible to impressionable adolescents” – the callous, close minded, betrayal of a colleague and respected member of staff.

Impressionable adolescents are often thoughtful, open minded and understanding. These kids need to be protected from bullies, incompetent teachers and abusive parents, not a perfectly good guidance counselor with a modelling past!

The only message this sends to kids is that the world can be judgmental, unforgiving and cruel.

Is that really the message a school wants to send?


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