Learn from us, very much

Look at us, but do not touch. Come to think of it, don’t even look at us:

Viktoria Popova in a swimsuit

This is Viktoria Popova, twenty-six, former history teacher at school number 7, Omsk, sacked for behavior unbecoming a Russian teacher:

Omsk city hall said that she had caused “irreversible damage to the reputation of the teacher.

“By spreading frivolous images on the internet in order to promote a commercial project she also hurt the image of the school.”

She had broken a code of conduct at Omsk school number 7 which “supports morals and ethics.”

News agency NGS Omsk has now offered her a job, which, they say, pays better than teaching in Russian schools.

(Via BBC News.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    15 June 2018 · 6:56 am

    I think maybe it’s less “don’t even look at us” as it is “we don’t dare post anything about us that might be construed as undignified”

    I wonder if the rules about what she could and could not do were clearly stated. It’s the “you should have known” when it’s a shade of gray that’s a problem. There’s been stuff I redacted (I almost didn’t post that photo of me with a pancake on my head) out of fear a certain Upper Admin would find it, and I’d have problems. (I’ve become a bit more lax following that person’s retirement…)

  2. McGehee »

    15 June 2018 · 8:17 am

    Depending on the ages of the kids she teaches, an argument could be made that the pics could undermine her authority over the classroom. Lord knows when I lost respect for a teacher (high school, his political comments in class) I didn’t pay as much attention to him thereafter.

    Give hormonal teenage boys (for example) a reason to think about things other than the subject matter in class, and there will be problems. And the stereotype about Russian males suggests it would be even worse over there.

  3. hollyh »

    15 June 2018 · 10:00 am

    An argument could be made, yes. But if you assert that it justifies a firing, you start down a slippery slope, as fj pointed out.

  4. McGehee »

    15 June 2018 · 12:41 pm

    I didn’t try to get that high school teacher fired.

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