I am a year one teacher – I was bullied & fired for being 'too sexy' for the classroom but focus should be on the kids | The Sun

A PRIMARY school teacher has claimed she was bullied and fired for being "too sexy" for the classroom.

Patrice Brown, 33, said the headteacher at her Atlanta school took issue with her skin-tight dresses and hip-hugging leggings.


In 2016, photos of Patrice wearing tight skinny jeans and leopard print shoes in the classroom of little ones went viral – and she was soon dubbed #TeacherBae online.

Patrice insisted her clothing was well within the "vague" guidelines for teachers in the city.

But six years later, her headteacher allegedly gave her the boot for supposedly looking too sexy for the classroom.

She told the New York Post: "I’d always go to work and take pictures of myself in the classroom setting, showing off how much I love my profession and looking beautiful while teaching kids.

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"Teachers are often bullied [for their looks] by the administration, parents, other teachers, and in higher grades, the students.

"What teachers are wearing should not be the focus. The focus should be on the kids."

Patrice said she has since found a new job at a different school teaching year one kids after she was fired earlier this summer.

It comes after New Jersey art teacher Roxsana Diaz was also slammed online this week for her form-fitting outfits.

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Snaps of Roxsana, who has nearly one million followers on Instagram, posing in shape-accentuating dresses and fitted jeans in the classroom sparked outrage from parents.

One wrote: "You’re in a classroom taking Instagram pictures with your a** out."

Another said: "Showing pictures in the class with your butt in the air is very inappropriate!"

“You shouldn’t be a teacher,” a third said.

But Roxsana hit back and said: "[Parents should] want someone teaching your children that will love and protect your children as if they were their own.

"I am an artist & an influencer as well as a teacher."

Another teacher, Madi Dew, 23, agreed she and her fellow educators should be able to wear whatever makes them feel “cute and confident".

She's racked up thousands of views and comments online after showing people how to transform their "sexy" clothes into professional looks. 

"At my school, we can’t wear spaghetti straps or show our shoulders, so I put T-shirts under dresses that might be a little lower cut and I wear a lot of undershirts," she said.

Madi, who scored over 1.8 million TikTok views on one "how-to" video, often get a thumbs-up from her school’s headteacher.

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“I don’t think our clothes need to be nitpicked so much, especially when there’s a teacher shortage,“ she said.

“The focus should be on making sure schools are properly funded, that the children are getting the resources that they need and that teachers are being supported.”

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