A 15-year-old girl says she was humiliated after a teacher enlarged an image of her in a bikini and showed it during a school “Online Safety” assembly.
More than 100 other students at a U.K. school in Plymouth, Devon, were shown the photo downloaded from her Facebook page to make a point about the dangers of uploading private images on the Internet.
“They took the photo from her Facebook profile — she put it on there last year,” her angry mother said, according to the Daily Mail. “They used other photos of kids from the neck up but for some reason they thought it was OK to use a picture of my daughter in her bikini.”
The teen’s mother has now made a complaint to the school and the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) about the incident.
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According to the Mirror, she said: “She’s really upset and hurt and this has knocked her confidence. She’s not the type of girl who likes attention like this. She’s a tom-boy, she doesn’t wear make-up and she doesn’t even have her ears pierced. It’s not often you even get her in a bikini.”
The girl’s mother says she has received an apology from the school, which posted the following statement on its website:
In a House assembly last week on the topic of ‘Online Safety’, students were shown a PowerPoint including a short video about the potential dangers of which they need to be aware. One of the images in the presentation was of an Eggbuckland student wearing shorts and a bikini top. The member of staff leading the assembly had accessed the picture simply by Googling the names of some of our students. She wanted to illustrate how freely available such images are, through the internet. We are really sorry for the way in which this important message was delivered. This was an error of judgement: the member of staff had not intended to cause any embarrassment.
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