A Sydney primary school teacher sacked for appearing nude in a women's magazine remains defiant. Her husband says she would gladly strip and pose again. Students parents support her.
Lynne Tziolas, 24, a Sydney primary school teacher sacked for appearing nude in a women's magazine, remains defiant.
She is launching legal action to be reinstated to her position at Narraweena Public School.
Her husband says she would gladly strip and pose again and her students' families are rallying in support by organising a petition, reports Sydney Morning Herald.
Tziolas was called into her principal's office on Friday and told her year-long contract at Narraweena Primary School would be terminated.
"The first thing I knew was on Friday morning when a parent complained, and come Friday afternoon I was told not come back to the school" she said.
During an afternoon meeting with principal Julie Organ and local schools director Maurice Brennan, Tziolas was handed over a letter from the school authorities.
"I refer to an article in the magazine Cleo
in which your photograph appears acompanied by an article about your personal life," the letter reads.
"Concerns have been raised by community members in relation to this article. I have concerns that this will seriously impact on your continued employment at Narraweena Public School," it read, before telling her she would be sacked.
"I was told ... that my actions had breached the code of conduct," said Tziolas, whose husband Antonios also appeared in the article.
"I was extremely surprised. I was just given a letter and told not to come back.
"I had no course for appeal prior to the decision - it was almost like I was guilty until proven innocent."
The article which has caused the furore is this month's Cleo
. Titled "Buck naked couples talk about their sex lives" the article interviews ten couples about "what they get up to between the sheets".
It also includes a full-page picture of the couple, naked and holding each other.
Lynne and Antonios's article asks them about how many times they have sex a week, their favourite body part and the most risque sexual thing they've done.
"Leaving the blinds up and the lights on, which is all the time," Antonios said in response to the last question.
Tziolas said she was stunned by the response of her school to the article, and said it may end her career in public schools.
The New South Wales Department of Education and Training says Tziolas's suspension follows complaints from "several" parents at the school.
"Several Narraweena parents complained to the school about photographs and inappropriate sexual comments in a Cleo
magazine article," a department spokesman said in a statement.
Tziolas said his wife wanted to return to the same school.
"She would be happy to be reinstated back at Narraweena," he said.
We were honest. Yes, we're both teachers. Yes, we have sex, and yes, we are loving and committed to each other.
"What we did we both stand by. We would do it again."
Tziolas - also a teacher - is concerned the furore may have also affected his chances at getting a job with the NSW public system.
He said he had applied for work at Narraweena, a primary school, as well, but doubted he would now get a position.
"I'd imagine that my name is one that won't be called, even though I'm on the list," Mr Tziolas, 45, said.
The Department of Education released a statement earlier today, saying Tziolas was a temporary teacher and the school had taken the decision to sack her.
"Several parents complained about the photographs and innapropriate sexual comments," it stated.
The sacking would be investigated by the department's Employee Performance and Conduct Brach.