Utah Elementary School Fires Art Teacher for showing pornographic paintings of students
Pornographic ; A parent called the police when he discovered that a teacher during an art history lesson showed nude paintings by Modigliani and Ingres, among others……….
Utah art teacher Mateo Rudea no longer has jobs at the Lincoln Elementary School after parents objected to showing sixth grade students of historical paintings, some of which contain nudity.
The four naked works of the artists Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Amedeo Modigliani, Francois Boucher and Agnolo Bronzino were part of a series of postcards with 100 art historical works, reproduced by Phaidon and called the Art Box. It was bought by the school several years ago as a learning tool, before Rueda was adopted, and he did not know that there was nudity in the collection, which also contained the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and other famous works by Paul Klee. , Claude Manet, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Gauguin, JMW Turner and Vincent van Gogh.
“This is not at all material that I would use, I had no idea,” he told the Herald Journal of the December 4 incident. After students had seen the nudes, Rueda took back the relevant cards and explained to the class that “” when you are big, you will notice that you go to museums or to places where inevitable nudity will be. ”
Nevertheless, some parents complained about “pornography in the classroom” and within a few days Rueda was suspended and then asked to resign. He refused and was promptly fired.
An anonymous complaint from a parent also brought the office of the Cache County Sheriff on the spot. At the school, the client Jeni Buist found the destruction of the paintings of nude works from the Kunstkist and other publications in the school library.
“She said she placed the postcards and paintings in the shredder at the request of the school district so they would not be re-distributed,” sheriff Chad Jensen told the Journal. “We have some of the pictures and show them to the County Attorney’s Office, and they said they would not comply with the definition of pornography, and they refused to file charges.”
Rueda’s resignation made the news when a parent, Kamee Jensen, wrote a letter to the Journal claiming that he had been unjustly terminated.
Since then, more parents have expressed support for Rueda, just like the President of Utah, Senator Jim Dabakis, a Democrat. “This is what happens when Porn-tsars start to amuse … Remember, this is a real teacher with a real career and real mortgage payments,” he wrote on Facebook. “Have any of you moralists who shot this art, ever been to an art museum?”
Rueda said he would appeal against his termination. “I am determined to fight their accusations and clear my name,” he wrote in an e-mail to Jensen, who shared them on Facebook. “I have explained to the whole class that art can sometimes show images that are not always comfortable for everyone, that art is better understood when placed in the right context, that the human body is often portrayed in art, and that the images school collections are icons of art history and a heritage of humanity. ”