Is This Teacher’s Attire Inappropriate? The Internet Can’t Decide

An Atlanta teacher shared photos of herself in her classroom and ended up at the center of an Internet-wide debate about what does or doesn’t qualify as appropriate work attire.

Patrice Brown, who has since been nicknamed #TeacherBae by the Internet, is a fourth grade paraprofessional at Boyd Elementary School in Atlanta and didn’t think anything of posting pics of herself in her work environment along with the hashtag #teacherstyle–but when social media users started noting her choice of attire (featured above), some labeling it as inappropriate, she soon ended up in a firestorm.

Other social media users have come to Brown’s defense, saying that the teacher’s attire doesn’t violate any school dress codes, and that it’s her curviness that people are actually offended by.

Brown, who has made her Instagram public again after privatizing it during the drama, told the Daily Dot 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 has also released a statement regarding Brown and all of the attention she’s received:

“Atlanta Public Schools can confirm that Patrice Brown is a paraprofessional employed with the district,” 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.”

Photo Credit: Patrice Brown/ Instagram