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Teacher asked to delete picture shared on private social media account, sparking fierce debate

The teacher was so frustrated when a coworker asked them to delete a picture of themself and felt deprived of having a 'personal life.'

Teacher asked to delete picture shared on private social media account, sparking fierce debate
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels | Andrea Piacquadio, Reddit | u/Dismal_Blueberry_701

While everyone is entitled to their opinions, problems arise when they impose their judgments on others living life on their own terms. The internet recently erupted in debate after an elementary school teacher, u/Dismal_Blueberry_70 on Reddit, expressed frustration over being asked to remove a picture from their private social media account. Posting the photo, which was criticized by a coworker, the teacher asked people if it was indeed something to be taken down and received mixed opinions.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Thirdman
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Thirdman

The picture was apparently clicked at a social gathering and the teacher in question was wearing a corset-style dress. "I'm an elementary school teacher, I (the woman in the picture) posted this to my private account and a coworker told me to delete it, thoughts?" asked the teacher and added, "I feel like teachers aren't even allowed to have personal lives anymore." She also mentioned in the comments section that she had removed her coworker's access to her social media account following their criticizing remark. 

Image Source: Reddit |
Image Source: Reddit | u/Dismal_Blueberry_701

Many wondered if there was any particular reason that the coworker asked her to remove the picture, so the teacher clarified, "It was literally just the outfit." She also added, "I could wear the same exact outfit as a woman who is smaller up top and they wouldn't bat an eye at it." Having such a judgemental coworker felt like "walking on eggshells 24/7" for the teacher. While many could relate to the teacher's frustration and offered words of reassurance, asking them to block their coworker on social media, some said that the criticism made sense.

Image Source: Reddit | u/russschultz
Image Source: Reddit | u/russschultz
Image Source: Reddit | u/KiWi0589
Image Source: Reddit | u/KiWi0589

"I'm a teacher and don't see anything wrong with this picture. I am confused as to what your coworker thinks is inappropriate about this. It's literally just a picture of adults hanging out, not even doing anything," commented u/mjab97. "Keep your coworkers off your social media or abandon social media altogether. I made the mistake of adding a couple of co-workers when I started at my job. Now I might as well not have an account because I won't post any pictures or anything in case they see it," wrote u/Macchill99. "I’m also a teacher. Nothing inappropriate about you existing as an adult in adult spaces. I agree with the others - block the coworker," commented u/C_to_the_rizzo.

Image Source: Reddit | u/YesterShill
Image Source: Reddit | u/YesterShill

"That pushy coworker has a point - any one of them could screenshot that 'private' photo and share it somewhere else. They could even crop it to look like it's not an event pic, just a cleavage selfie. Teachers are underpaid and overworked and sadly some are comfortable with being resentful and mean," commented u/Efficient_finger313. "I love how everyone is like 'remove the friend' while ignoring the fact all it takes is a single Karen and this woman’s career is in jeopardy," commented u/CoatAlternative1771. "It seems to me that that is a good friend. Maybe he heard something and he’s trying to warn you. If he tells you something like that it is because there’s noise about you at your workplace," commented u/F3rmatPierre.

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