Teacher fired over topless photo, threatens $3M lawsuit for gender discrimination: report

FOX NEWS - A middle school teacher in one of New York City's Long Island suburbs claims she was fired last week for an old topless selfie and is now threatening to sue her former school district for gender discrimination.

Lauren Miranda, 25, a former math teacher at Bellport Middle School, took a topless selfie in 2016 and sent it to her then-boyfriend, who also works at the school, Miranda's attorney, John Ray, said during a news conference Monday. In January, a student somehow obtained the selfie, and the image circulated through the school, Ray said.

Miranda said she had no idea how the student obtained the photo. She was subsequently placed on paid administrative leave and then fired. She said she plans to file a $3 million federal lawsuit alleging gender discrimination unless she's reinstated, WPIX-TV reported.

"I loved my job, I never woke up in the morning and didn't want to go. I loved my students, my faculty. I really thought this is where I was going to spend the next thirty years of my life," she said.