Atlanta Public Schools Addresses #TeacherBae Phenom After Instafame Gets Out Of Hand
We’re almost certain over the weekend and throughout the early part of the week you were privy to the Instagram phenom known as #TeacherBae. Patrice Brown, a young black woman with an IG page full of selfies and poses featuring her in bodycon dresses inside the classroom caught the attention of ogling men due to her shapely frame, but also provoked the ire of many women who questioned the appropriateness of her attire as an educator. And while that conundrum certainly presented an interesting topic of debate, we stayed away from the discussion, as most conversations were reduced to ridiculing Brown for having agency over her body — which wouldn’t have caught nearly as much attention if it weren’t curvy (something out of her control) — and also had the potential to put her job in jeopardy. And, after all, if neither Atlanta Public Schools (APS) nor any parents — or Brown’s nearly 200K IG followers for that matter — took issue with her attire, who were we to say otherwise?
Well some of that has changed now that Brown’s name has eclipsed social media and found its way onto blogs and even the local news. Channel 11 Alive reached out to APS who shared a copy of their dress code which “lists examples of appropriate and inappropriate attire but leaves the determination of violations to the discretion of the administrators for each school.”
As for Brown specifically, APS confirmed she’s a paraprofessional employed with the district — not a fourth grade teacher as some had falsely reported — and explained she has been “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.”
While Tuesday Brown had set her Instagram page to private, it appears to be open yet again. Brown has also spoken out about what she seemingly deems unwanted attention, telling the Daily Dot:
“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.”