Counselor Sues School That Axed Her Over Steamy Photos
Photos, 17 years old, kept popping up online
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2012 9:35 AM CDT
17-year-old steamy photos cost a NYC guidance counselor her job.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Last December, a Manhattan high school guidance counselor was fired after 12 years on the job because of some naughty photos of her in lingerie and bikinis taken when she was a model, reports the New York Post, which also has one of the photos. Now Tiffany Webb is suing the school for wrongful termination, sex discrimination, and violation of her First Amendment rights. Despite the fact that the photos were 17 years old, a committee ruled that the pics had "a potentially adverse influence on her ability to counsel students and be regarded as a role model.”

Websites such as "Mo Girls Entertainment" kept posting the racy photos of Webb, who was widely seen as an outstanding counselor and who was just days away from receiving tenure, without her permission. She had been investigated three times before, but a principal decided to fire her after a teenaged student brought forward the pics. “She had no control over it,” fumes Webb's lawyer, who slams her firing as “unconscionable.”

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Dec 3, 2012 12:49 PM CST
I strongly believe that this teacher being fired is a violation of her First Amendment Rights. The fact that pictures of her, obscene or not, were surfaced onto the internent without her consent or knowing, is tremendously going against her rights as a human being. The actions of other people resulted in her getting affected negatively, not only on a public level, but also personal. Due to the publications of these photos on the interent, she was fired from her job as a guidance counselor, which to me is truly unfair. These pictures were also from years ago, when the teacher was 17 years old. Bringing up information and something that occurred in the past, to present daylight just isn't right. We all have made mistakes before and I believe that we should ot be punished for it years later like the teacher is. I agree with the guidance counselor, who is no suing the school that fired her. Her first amendment rights were violated greatly and she had absolutely no control over the pictures being surfaced on the web. As human beings, we have the conscious choice of not looking at the photos and ignoring them. I believe that personal things, like the photos should not be related to outside work or jobs.
Oct 9, 2012 11:06 AM CDT
Wow i checked out the photos, theres nothing wrong with these photos (saving to my photos), this is what you see on the beach or less, so whats the problem?
Oct 9, 2012 3:22 AM CDT
No way did this woman deserve this, but sadly I can understand why the principal felt like he did. This was probably topic A among adolescent boys on her campus for years, and very disruptive to the learning environment. High school can be brutal.