Teacher shares bikini photo of student with the entire school
During an assembly on Internet etiquette and why it is NOT wise to post certain things online, a teacher humiliated a 15-year-old female student by showing an enlarged photo of the girl in her bikini to over one hundred students in attendance.
The 15-year-old girl says that the teacher humiliated her. The teacher at Eggbuckland Community College swiped the photo from the girl's Facebook page and then used it to illustrate the dangerous pitfalls of posting private images online. Dangerous pitfalls like your teacher swiping your bikini photo and showing it to the entire school in giant, living color. The student is understandably distraught.
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The mother of the 15-year-old victim has filed complaints with the school's head teacher, the board of governors, and England's Office for Standards in Education.
"She's really upset and hurt and this has knocked her confidence, She's not the type of girl who likes attention like this," the girl's mom said, "She's a tom-boy, she doesn't wear make-up and she doesn't even have her ears pierced. It's not often you even get her in a bikini."
Okay, so I don't know how they do things across the pond but here, this teacher would have me to contend with over this behavior. You don't shame a child to prove a point. This teacher knew that the student wouldn't want this photo shared with the general public, that is why she shared it, to prove that point. She had no regard for the girl's feelings or self-esteem. She sacrificed this girl to teach the others a lesson.
We had a situation when my daughter was younger, 5 to be exact, in which she wore a pair of pants to school that were "out of uniform" due to a small button on the cuff. She was 5, so obviously she did not dress herself. It was about one week into kindergarten when she came home and told me that the teacher singled her out, pulled her to the front of the room and pointed out to the entire classroom that THIS IS WHAT NOT TO WEAR! Needless to say, I went in to see the teacher and told her in no confusing way that THIS IS NOT HOW YOU TALK TO MY CHILD! I told her that if she had a problem, it was with me and only me and to talk to me. I also stopped by the principal's office to make her aware of the situation. I was issued an apology, as was my daughter and it never happened again.
The problem is this, no matter the apology, the damage was done. My daughter was afraid, every single day of the year that what she wore might warrant a trip to the front of the class. She was scared of having to go through the humiliation all over again. I assured her that it wouldn't happen again. It took a long time for her to get over that.
This teacher needs to be formally warned and maybe required to take some sensitivity classes, as well as issue the girl an official apology in front of the entire school, as she felt the need to humiliate her in front of the entire school.
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