Teacher fired over bikini photo, calls school’s response expected

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MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. (WPEC / CNN) — An English teacher at a Florida high school has been forced to resign, after the school learned there were some sexy photos of her on the web.

To her students, she was Ms. Sprauer, their English teacher. But it turns out, according to WPEC, Olivia Sprauer was more than an English teacher. She was also a part-time model, posing for photos in sexy swimwear and lingerie under the name Victoria Valentine James.

And when school officials saw some of her photos on the web, Sprauer was called to the principal’s office at Martin County High School, and she was forced to resign.

Obviously, the 26-year-old English teacher was not just grading papers and working on her lesson plans after school. She was modeling in skimpy outfits, and school officials decided they had seen enough.

Sprauer said she wasn’t surprised.

“I knew it was just a matter of time,” said Sprauer, who said she was planning to quit teaching to go to graduate school at the end of this school year anyway. “I’m surprised it didn’t happen earlier, actually. I started modeling in mid-February.

“It was a way for me to make ends meet doing something that I don’t consider unethical. If I was posing for pornographic photos or videos, it would be another story. But I wasn’t.”

Sprauer told WPEC that she can make the same money in one weekend of modeling that she makes in two weeks working as a teacher.

In an effort to measure public opinion, WPEC showed the photos of the teacher to people at a shopping plaza near the high school.

“I think they’re sexy but not pornographic,” said Melinda Buckley, a Stuart resident. “Do I think the school system should’ve forced her to resign? No. It’s ridiculous.”

“I don’t really think that she should be teaching children,” said Robert Ferraro, who lives in Boca Raton.

“Is it appropriate for a teacher to do modeling dressed like that? No,” said Jennifer Baka, a Stuart resident. “I think if you’re a teacher you should be held to a higher standard and that children really need a role model today,”

We could not reach Sprauer for comment. The Martin County School District released a statement, saying Sprauer resigned April 29.

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