If you have any kind of public-facing job, you might want to make sure that your social media presence is as private and time as you can possibly make it. One British schoolteacher learned this lesson the hard way after posting a revealing selfie on Facebook and being forced to quit after it wound up causing controversy at her school.
39-year-old Lydia Ferguson worked at Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell, where she was well-regarded as an excellent educator who also devoted much of her spare time to helping students who were the victims of bullying and other personal issues.
However, he career came crashing to a halt thanks to this picture, which shows the lovely teacher wearing a short white dress and black stiletto heels. The angle at which the photo was taken from the foot of her bed also causes Ferguson to show a little more skin than she otherwise would in the outfit, but there is certainly nothing obscene about it.
That’s not what her superiors thought, though. They called Ferguson into the head office and proceeded to berate her for up to eight minutes, blasting her social media behavior as “sultry” and “provocative.” She didn’t hesitate to fight back, and after the whole situation panned out, Ferguson realized that her time at the school was done.
“After it all blew up, I knew I couldn’t go back to the school. I’m no longer employed there,” she told the Sun. “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 spokesperson from the school confirmed Ferguson’s departure.
Students at the school started a petition accusing school officials of being “too prudish” and asking for Ferguson to return. The petition garnered 350 signatures but no word has surfaced as to whether it will sway either Ferguson or her former bosses to change their minds.