Lauren Miranda topless selfie. Is a fired Long Island, Bellport Middle School teacher a victim of gender discrimination? Seeks $3m in lawsuit.
A 25-year-old Bellport, Long Island teacher who was fired from her middle school job after a topless selfie she sent to an ex-boyfriend resurfaced in the hands of students three years later has recalled the moment her male principal confronted her with the image on his computer.
Lauren Miranda was fired from Bellport Middle School last month when students started circulating a topless selfie she had sent a former boyfriend in 2016.
She does not know how they got a hold of the photograph but is suing the school district for gender discrimination on the grounds that a male teacher would not be fired in the same way as she has been.
Lauren Miranda topless selfie: ‘My privacy was invaded.’
In an interview with ABC’s Nightline – Miranda recalled the moment she was called into her principal’s office to discuss the photograph.
‘When I initially got questioned, my principal was in possession of it and spun his computer monitor round and there’s the picture of myself,’ she said.
Miranda said she felt as though her privacy had been ‘invaded’ and she got in her car to drive home but had to pull over and vomit because she was so upset.
‘I was hysterical. I was shaking, I was driving home and I’m on the phone either with my cousin or my mom and I had to pull over and actually vomit,’
‘I have never been so upset that it caused me to get sick. I’ve never felt so small before,’ she said.
The next week, Miranda was told she had been fired after a union vote.
She was outraged by the decision and is now suing the school district for $3million.
Lauren Miranda topless selfie: Should she still be fired after being the victim of a leak?
The former math teacher said she still does not know how the photograph got into students’ hands but that it is not her primary concern.
‘It is absolutely absurd that I am being fired over my chest. A picture of my upper torso has dismantled and ruined my entire life,’ she said, adding that she was entitled to a ‘private life’.
‘I sent this picture to the person I was seeing at the time. It was literally just a snap of myself that I took while I was getting ready one morning,’ she said.
She first learned that the photograph was being circulated when another teacher in a different building texted her about it.
‘I went to school on Friday and I get a text from a friend of mine in a different building and she says that the kids are saying they have a naked photo of you and that your picture is going around.
‘I was offended that she would say that a kid has a naked photo of me, like how?’ she recalled.
Miranda is convinced that a male teacher would never have faced the same rebuke.
‘Men and women are equal. It’s 2019, my chest is no more offensive than a man’s chest. Why am I being penalized whereas if a man took this picture, he wouldn’t be in the same situation I’m in,’
‘This photo was sent between two adults. Yes ‘m a teacher, do I carry out my role model face in environments where I might run into students or families? Absolutely’.
‘I’m entitled to a private life though.’
The ordeal has led to an onslaught of social media commentary, with many arguing had a male teacher taken a selfie of his private parts and the image went public- that the male teacher would also most certainly be fired for failing to uphold ‘proper’ role model status. Others also wondered to what degree the school had the right to sanction an educator of her private affairs- especially if Miranda wasn’t the one who publicly shared the image.
The school district declined to comment citing the ongoing litigation.