Parenting

Meet Leonora Rustamova, an English teacher in a little bit of hot water at the moment. Miss Rustamova (Miss Rusty to her pupils) was suspended from her job earlier this month due to writing a book involving her students. Now this is no ordinary book with her students as characters. The novel names several of the teachers and students in the school as well as depicting students skipping lessons, swearing (because schoolkids never do that in real life), stealing phones, setting people on fire, dealing drugs from the basement of the school, practicing orgasm noises and other salacious activities. And then there's the sex… Miss Rusty writes of one pupil fantasising about her sexually, flirting with her in the classroom and goes on to write how she would do anything for a smile from him. According to Miss Rusty, the book was never meant to be published online (it was accidentally made public by her boyfriend) and she'd planned to bind the novel herself and give copies to the students who featured in it.

She was sacked from her job a few days ago following a decision by the school governers and a support group has been set up by parents and students to get her reinstated. To which I'll add the simple question – What the bloody hell is wrong with these people? This teacher is put into a position of trust over these children and writes up sexual fantasies about them, planning to give copies of those fantasies to the children themselves, and the parents are behind this completely??? Yeah, great bloody parenting there, support the paedophile who wants your children. Yes it may have been made public by mistake, but that isn't the problem – the problem is that it was written in the first place. Now try to imagine if a man had done this. Wouldn't he already be on the sex offender's list and have the parents at his door with flaming torches and pitchforks? And rightly so as well, but because the young female teacher did it, it's okay?

So there you have it. Paedophile nirvana is Calder High School in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, but only if you're a young woman. The parents will support anything you want to do to their kids. Have fun, you sick sons of bitches.
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12 thoughts on “Parenting

  1. That's sickening! I had to read the post twice, just couldn't believe my eyes!! I have a friend who's studying in uni now (here) to be a primary school teacher. Seeing this and how the society is right now, by the time he's a teacher in a few years, it's very likely that he's going to have people (parents) staring at him suspiciously because he's a male, dealing with kids.Well, it's time for those feminists to really start fighting for equality then 🙄

  2. Very interesting. Makes you think about the boundries between fiction and reality. Is there a clean line? Does people know where it is and how not to cross it? Fortunately most people do. However, blending fiction and reality like this teacher did in her book – that is bound to end in trouble. I don't know enough facts to make an honest judgement in this specific case. One thing I know is, that if she had not used the real names, it would just have been an ordinary book, like many others. I recommend she does that next time. If it weren't for imagination, no book would ever have been written.

  3. I would most certainly consider having a serious talk with that teacher if I had kids in her class. Being a writer myself, I might have had a few concerned advices for her… When I was editing a magazine back in the nineties, I wrote one or two editorials that caused some disturbance with the readers. There was one in particular, that made a group of 'concerned readers' urge me to issue a public apology. They found that I had been agitating violence, when the message was the exact opposite.To me imagination and fiction is one thing and reality is an entirely different thing. Being able to tell one from the other is what defines a mentally healthy human being. Crime and horror writers from all over the world, have been dealing with madness, insanity, murder, cannibalism and worse through the entire history of litterature. Some of them were teachers. I can see no problem in this.Having a weird thought or fantasy is not the same as being a raving lunatic. Nor is writing a book inspired by real events or based on real characters.

  4. Originally posted by funz81:

    time for those feminists to really start fighting for equality

    They only tend to do that when there's something in it for them, still wanting doors to be opened for them while getting equal pay. You'll find that the majority of people who want equality only want a conditional equality while still keeping the perks that come with the bigotry they're faced with. Such is human nature.Originally posted by gdare:

    *shakes head*

    I did that myself when I read the story. By now you guys know what it takes to make me shake my head in disbelief.Originally posted by Aqualion:

    One thing I know is, that if she had not used the real names, it would just have been an ordinary book, like many others.

    Ah, but even if she hadn't used real names, would you be happy to have your children taught by someone you know has written a book sexualising the pupils of a teacher and saying how that teacher responded to them and thought of them in a sexual manner? Maybe I'm being oversensitive on the matter, but it seems to me that the problem is not so much the naming as the subject matter itself.Originally posted by Nerak:

    I cannot figure out wtf these parents are thinking!

    Apparently the parents of the five children (well, one has gone on to University now) named in the book are leading the appeal to get her job back. Now, the story itself is basically a Famous Five adventure with the gang defeating drug dealers operating out of the school. However it's got a very modern perspective as some of the drugs "disappear" and the narrative notes that the kids had earned a good summer as explanation for them disappearing. I can see being proud of your kids having an impact on a teacher and having that teacher include them in a book like that, but surely they must draw a line at the way their kids are portrayed, and that's not taking into account the idea of a teacher not only naming one of them but admitting fancying that one (even if just for the sake of the fiction).

  5. Originally posted by Furie:

    Originally posted by funz81:

    time for those feminists to really start fighting for equality

    They only tend to do that when there's something in it for them, still wanting doors to be opened for them while getting equal pay.

    That doesn't really sound like feminism to me…But back to the post. I'm trying to think what I would feel if I was one of the students in that book. Can't say that happy (or the likes) or shrug are any of those things. And I'd expect my parents to feel the same.

  6. Mik & Rose, I know lol my comment about feminists fighting to be treated equally (as males would be if they did something like what this lady did) wasn't meant to be taken literally, hence the rolling-eyes smilie… Ahhh the joy of failed sarcasm lol

  7. West Yorkshire? I thought this to be a place a little bit off. Nice, quiet, rural. But the folks seem to have fun instead.

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