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A Utah art teacher was fired amid complaints that images of classical paintings containing nudity were passed out in a classroom and seen by sixth-graders, a newspaper reported. Mateo Rueda said he wasn't aware that a set of educational postcards from the elementary school library contained a few works depicting nudity when he handed them out during a lesson, the Herald Journal newspaper said on Thursday. He said he has requested a hearing and plans to appeal his termination to clear his reputation. A few days after the lesson on 4 December, police went to Lincoln Elementary School in Hyrum, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, to investigate a complaint that Rudea was showing pornography to students. Cache County deputies found Principal Jeni Buist shredding postcards — at the request of the school district — that contained nudity, said Sheriff Chad Jensen. Deputies showed some of the images to prosecutors, who decided they were not pornography, Jenson said. The two images seen by students were the Impressionist-era portrait "Iris Tree" by Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani and the Rococo-style partial nude "Odalisque" by 18th-century artist Francois Boucher, the teacher said.
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Saira Anwer , Reporter. Fischer faced the disciplinary action after students said she showed them a video with images of nude models in sexual positions. The students said it happened back in August during photography classes. A complaint states in part: "Fischer showed students images of a topless female holding the genitals of a male who was naked from the waist down. The complaint goes on to describe other questionable poses by naked models. The accusations against the teacher included statements from nine students, some saying Fischer tried to fast forward past some of the images. Responses from Western High School students and parents were a mixed bag.
An art teacher in Utah was fired after showing students classical nude paintings provided by the school district he used to work for. He was terminated by the school in a December 8 letter which offered him the chance of resignation or dismissal. The entire contretemps began when Rueda had his students do a color study exercise on December 4. In order to work through the exercise, Rueda provided students with eight boxes of postcards which were purchased by the school district three years ago. There were some pictures that were a little weird, and most kids were laughing. But some students voiced concerns to Rueda about the three nudes included in the postcard set. Those offended few were enough of a cause for concern for Rueda and this prompted the teacher to address the class as a whole. Rueda says he attempted to explain the paintings so that students would view them as works of art instead of just offensive images. Some students took him up on that. Then some parents complained to school officials.