A British high school art teacher was fired after allowing underage female students to expose their breasts in class.
Emma Wright, 41, who was an art teacher at Huxlow Science College in Northamptonshire, England, since 2004. In 2017, she permitted a lewd photoshoot to happen in her classroom.
A probe was launched in December 2017, after her school’s head of design discovered one student’s art portfolio containing the topless photos.
The investigation found that Wright had invited a photographer who specialized in “suggestive poses” to speak to her students. During the session, the school girls – some as young as 15 – reportedly disrobed.
“The pictures showed teenage girls posing only in their underwear, while holding cigarettes and booze containers, with their hands, bottles or cans covering otherwise naked breasts,” The Sun reported.
The investigation showed that there were photos of teens posing in underwear, topless, and simulating masturbation.
The Teaching Regulation Agency ruled that the “highly inappropriate” class had not been in the best interest of “safeguarding” students.
“Whilst the panel was satisfied that there was a low risk of repetition, it did not find that Mrs. Wright had fully reflected on the safeguarding implications of allowing pupils to take photographs of themselves or others in a state of undress,” said Alan Meyrick – the chief executive of the Teaching Regulation Agency.
Following that investigation Wright was fired in 2018 and banned from teaching for a minimum of two years. She is saying that the TRA has not taken into account or have a true understanding of “art in education.”
Since the underage topless photos and masturbation posing was done in the name of art, Wright feels a “deep injustice” has been done.