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A teacher in Atlanta has struck a nerve with the internet because of the style of clothing she wears to the office. Her office happens to be a fourth-grade classroom in Atlanta, according to the Daily Dot, who confirmed this with the school district.
Patrice Brown who is a college educated professional is now known to the webisphere simply as #teacherbae.
In photos, she posted on her (then) public Instagram feed she’s seen smiling in the classroom in a series of fashion-forward and yes, fitted outfits worn on the job. Let me just point out, I see no cleavage, and her dresses are knee-length.
Photos Courtesy Triceyl___/Instagram
Brown told the Daily Dot on Monday “I just wish they would respect me and focus on the positive and what truly matters—which is educating the children of the future generations and providing and caring for them.”
Atlanta Public Schools said in a statement. “She was given guidance regarding the APS Employee Dress Code, the use of social media, and Georgia Code of Ethics for educators, and she has been cooperative in addressing her presence on social media.”’
My take? This is a witch-hunt forged against a woman who happens to have a very curvy body. Really look, look beyond the shock value of a beautiful woman with a curvy figure. Brown seems to be covering up in all the right places on the job, even wearing cardigans in some of the photos. This is an educated woman who seems to be happy at work, and thank god because she’s teaching young minds.
If a petite woman like me wore this dress nobody would bat an eye, and certainly not a fourth grader, who is too young to sexualize this woman and troll her on the internet.
So, adults, it’s us, or rather some of us who have turned this into a bigger issue than it is.
I’m curious, do you think Patrice Brown’s clothes are inappropriate for an elementary school teacher?