Teachers turn on bikini power online to support colleague

World | 2 Apr 2019 5:23 pm

Thousands of Russian teachers have posted photos of themselves in bikinis or underwear on social media after Siberian authorities sacked a schoolteacher over snapshots she posted of herself in swimwear online, AFP reports.

Teachers have created more than 15,000 posts on Instagram with the Russian-language hashtag "Teachers are people too."

The flashmob emerged after Tatiana Kuvshinnikova, a 38-year-old Russian literature teacher from the Siberian city of Barnaul, was forced to resign last week after she posted photos of herself in a swimming costume and a short dress and high heels. She told a local news agency that the pictures were taken while she was taking part in her hobby of winter swimming.

But after a parent complained, the headmistress summoned Kuvshinnikova and accused her of dressing like a prostitute and encouraging pedophilia and pushed her to resign. Teachers posted photos of themselves along with supportive messages. "Isn't this an example to imitate? A woman in good physical shape at 38 is toughening herself up in the cold," wrote music teacher Lyudmila Zhdanova from Saint Petersburg. "How can it harm students?" she asked, adding: "I support the teacher from Barnaul!" and posting a picture of herself on a sun lounger in a bikini.

The story had a happy ending for Kuvshinnikova after the regional education minister and offered her a choice of new positions.-Photo: Siberian Times

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