Art teacher sacked after letting students, including minors, pose topless, simulate sex act in photos

A high school teacher in the United Kingdom has been fired after allowing female students as young as 15 to go topless while having other students simulate masturbation on camera for an art project.

The intrepid art teacher, Emma Wright, 41, was terminated in 2018 by Huxlow Science College in Northamptonshire, England, and banned from teaching in general for at least two years after details of the 2017 photoshoot surfaced, according to The Sun. A lengthy investigation was delayed due to COVID and the findings were announced last week.

Wright reportedly allowed teenage girls to take “partially naked” pictures of themselves and other female students. Photos show the girls posing in their underwear while holding cigarettes and alcohol. The teenagers used their hands and bottles to cover their breasts. In other shots, the girls allegedly made profane gestures while smoking and wearing their school uniforms.

One disturbing photo showed a girl “posing with their hand inside their underwear or in a pose which simulated masturbation.”

When Wright was sacked, she was furious and called it an “injustice.” She told The Sun, “I am a good person. I am not the person they are making me out to be.”

She went on to say that the Teaching Regulation Agency “have not got an understanding of art in education.”

The art teacher was outed after the school’s head of design found one of the student’s art portfolios that contained the pictures.

Wright reportedly told the panel that she introduced the pupils to a new artist who created “suggestive pictures.” She insisted she told the students that did not mean they should mimic the artist’s work.

She said that she did not consider the artist’s work to be sexual in nature. However, she did admit she should have told the pupils their photographs were not appropriate.

An investigation determined that Wright has a “good history” of teaching at the private school. She had been employed there since 2004. But they asserted the photoshoot was “highly inappropriate.”

“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,” decision-maker Alan Meyrick remarked in a report following the investigation.

“The risk of harm, due to the lack of safeguarding pupils, was a significant factor in forming that opinion. In my view, it is necessary to impose a prohibition order in order to maintain public confidence in the profession,” Meyrick stated.

Wright was outraged over the findings by the Teaching Regulation Agency.

“I feel there is a deep injustice about it, but I am not going to appeal because I no longer wish to teach,” she told The Sun in an interview, telling the media outlet that she is now employed at a nursing home. “I have written to my MP [local political representative], the union, and the education minister regarding this.”

“I really feel very strongly about it. I am really quite upset about it. It is a position I never thought I would be in,” she asserted.

Despite her anger over the incident, Wright claims she doesn’t harbor any ill will toward the students. She called them “wonderful.”

“I am hoping the local community are as shocked as I am, and as sad and angry,” she commented. “They know me. I have taught in that school for a long time. So I am hoping that I will be fairly represented because it is quite hurtful.”

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