LOGAN, Utah – A Utah teacher was fired amid complaints that images of classical paintings with nudity were handed out in a classroom and given by the sixth-graders, a newspaper.
Mateo Rueda said that he did not know that a set of educational postcards from the elementary school library contained a few works depicting nudity when he gave them during a lesson, the Herald newspaper Journal said Thursday.
He removed the cards when they are students uncomfortable, the paper reported .
“This is not the material that I would use. I had no idea,” Rueda said.
He said that he has requested a hearing and plans to appeal the termination of his reputation.
A few days after the Dec. 4 lesson, the police went to Lincoln Elementary School in Hyrum, about 80 miles (129 km) north of Salt Lake City, to investigate a complaint that Rudea was showing pornography to students.
Cache County found Client Jeni Buist shredding postcards — at the request of the school district — that nudity, said Sheriff Chad Jensen.
Deputies found a number of the images to the public prosecutor, who decided they were not pornography, Jenson said.
The Cache County School District declined to comment, saying, it is a personal matter.
The two images are seen of the students were the Impressionist-era portrait “Iris ” Tree” of the Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani and the Rococo-style, partially nude, “Odalisque” by the 18th-century artist Francois Boucher, the teacher said.
Parent Venessa Rose Pixton said they are angry because Rueda handling of the situation, belittled students, including her 11-year-old son.
“He said: Mr. Mateo even told the class,” There is nothing wrong with female nipples. You guys need to grow up and mature person,'” Pixton said.
Rueda denied making that statement and said that he simply explained the human body is often depicted in the art exhibited in museums.
Some parents are the support of Rueda.
Kamee Jensen wrote a letter to the Herald Journal to defend him and said that her daughter was not offended by the photos.
“She was just very angry that her teacher was in trouble,” Jensen said.