Teacher forced to quit after posting racy selfies
A TEACHER suspended over posting sexy selfies on Facebook has quit her job revealing she "couldn't go back" after the original story blew up around the world.
Lydia Ferguson had a heated row with senior staff over the snaps of her in low-cut tops and showing off her legs, The Sun reports.
Pupils rallied around her calling for her to be reinstated after she was escorted out.
But the 39-year-old mum-of-three said after battling the school for two months she had to resign.
"After it all blew up I knew I couldn't go back to the school. I'm no longer employed there.
"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," she said.
Lydia worked at the Ousedale secondary school in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire as a fulltime 'learning mentor' helping children with behavioural problems for four years.
Her support role at the mixed secondary school was her first job in teaching.
The Sun reported in March how schoolkids said they overheard her getting a dressing down and filmed the eight minute row on their mobiles.
A students' petition called "Get Miss Ferguson Back" was signed by more than 250 people.
It accused the 2000-pupil mixed school of being too prudish.
The main photo showed her revealing her legs while others on her profile showed her cleavage.
One student said: "There is nothing wrong with the photos at all. We think Miss looks lovely."
Another added: "She is a brilliant teacher. She is there to help students who have problems like bullying and stuff. She does so much to help us and we're so upset she's been suspended. Not a single person thinks there is anything inappropriate about it."
A third pupil said: "All it was showing was a bit of leg."
After The Sun told of her suspension, Lydia said: "I've always stuck to a rule on Facebook and Instagram that if my Grandad, bless his heart, would look at any of my pictures in disgust, I would never post them."
"I'm not worried about my pictures, but it seems some people are."
A school spokesman said: "We confirm that Lydia Ferguson is no longer employed as a member of the support staff and the school has nothing further to add."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished here with permission.