(WABC) (BROOKHAVEN, N.Y.) — A former New York teacher is threatening to sue a school district for gender discrimination after she was fired, saying it was because a topless photo of herself had gone public.Lauren Miranda, who taught math at the Bellport Middle School since 2015, sent the selfie, taken in her bedroom in 2016, to her then-boyfriend, who is also a teacher at the school, ABC New York station WABC reported.Somehow, a student got hold of the image, and it circulated throughout the school, allegedly prompting the South County Central School District to fire her last week, saying she was no longer a role model, her attorney, John Ray claimed in a press conference Monday. Miranda does not know how the student obtained the photo, she said.“What is wrong with my image?” she said at the news conference. “It’s my breasts. It’s my chest. It’s my body. It’s something that should be celebrated.”Miranda said her termination sends a negative message to female students.“What message are we sending to them?” Miranda asked. “To roll over when your picture gets exposed without your permission or consent?”It is legal in the state of New York for women to go topless in public. Both Miranda and Ray claim men do not suffer similar consequences when their chests are exposed.“Any time a man has ever exposed his chest, no one has ever commented or had any problem with it whatsoever,” Ray said. “But, when a woman displays her chest, as happened here, she gets fired from her job.”Miranda plans to sue the school district for $3 million if she is not re-hired. A review Miranda provided to WABC from last year states she is a “highly effective teacher” and that she was up for tenure in June.“Ms. Miranda demonstrated in this lesson to be an outstanding Math instructor, knowledgeable of her content area, but most of all genuinely dedicated to the academic progress of her students,” the review stated, according to WABC.A representative for the school district did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment but told WABC it “does not comment on active litigation.”One parent, Randy Miller, told WABC Miranda should take responsibility for her actions.“Whether her intentions were for a student to get it or they weren’t, a student did and you have to be responsible for your actions,” Miller said.Another parent, Arlene Henao, told the station she understands why Miranda was fired, but acknowledged the situation is “probably more complicated than just a black-and-white situation.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
On Thursday, June 3, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a resolution that authorizes the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to enter a lease agreement with DEW Construction Corporation of Williston, Vermont to design and build a new academic facility for CCV in Rutland. The facility will be located on the corner of Wales and West Streets, and will be a 30,000 square foot building. CCV will lease the facility from DEW, with occupancy scheduled for August 1, 2011. The new building will replace CCV’s current location at 24 Evelyn Street, where CCV has leased 12,000 square feet of classroom and office space since 1999.CCV President Joyce Judy stated that “Rutland is CCV’s second largest location, and it is the fastest growing location in the college.” CCV had 900 students enrolled in the Rutland area in the spring 2010 semester, which is a 58% increase in student enrollment in the past five years.“CCV is pleased to be able to remain in downtown Rutland,” said Dean of Administration Barbara Martin, who oversaw the development of the new lease agreement. “We have enjoyed tremendous benefits through growing student enrollments in Rutland, with excellent faculty and staff and strong partnerships with area agencies and businesses.”In its current location, CCV brings over 400 potential customers per day – 900 per week – to downtown retailers.CCV in Rutland is offering 150 courses for its fall semester beginning September 7th, and registration for fall semester is now under way. The Community College of Vermont is a member of the Vermont State Colleges and has 12 learning centers statewide, serving 12,000 students each year. For more information, visit www.ccv.edu(link is external), call 802-786-6996 or stop by 24 Evelyn Street for more information.Source: CCV. 6.3.2010