A fourth grade teacher in Atlanta, United States has caused a heated debate online over her form-fitting work attire.
Patrice ‘Tricey’ Brown – now dubbed ‘#TeacherBae’ on Twitter – has been called the ‘sexiest teacher alive’, but she’s also caused an all-out social media war over what is appropriate garb for a grade school educator.
Brown, a paraprofessional for Atlanta Public Schools, posted several pictures of herself to her now-private Instagram account.
Hundreds of people have now seen the pictures and tweeted or commented their feelings.
In one pictures she is seen wearing a tight pink dress with strappy high heel sandals.
The dress is up to her neck and down to her knees while it isn’t revealing, it is skin tight.
Brown also shared pictures of herself with an award declaring her ‘Teacher of the Month’.
Her Instagram account, where she goes by the name ‘Paris Monroe’, gained more than 122,000 followers, according to the Kansas City Star, because of the attention.
While many criticised her choice of dress, others rushed to defend the teacher.
‘I support #teacherbae not cause she fine but what she was wearing was appropriate, she just has curves, you need relax if you’re mad,’ one person tweeted.
Another wrote: ‘Black women w/ curvy bodies are immediately judged and sexualized for something they have no control over.’
Brown spoke out to The Daily Dot, saying she just wants people to pay attention to education.
‘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,’ Brown told The Daily Dot.
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She also wrote on Twitter: ‘I don’t understand why people hate and bash others for doing what they love and work hard for.
‘Why is there so much hate & jealousy in this world? When people just wanna achieve their dreams. Nasty people all on social media.
‘People will pick apart any situation and find a way to hate on it. It’s so sad that’s why nobody can be happy for more than 5 minutes.’ (Daily Mail)