Miss Rusty: Let the battle begin

CONTROVERSIAL teacher Leonora Rustamova who was sacked for writing a racy novel about her pupils at Calder High School, has started the fight to save her career.

The 40-year-old is claiming unfair dismissal and breach of contract.

Miss Rustamova – known as Miss Rusty to pupils – wrote her fictional novel Stop! Don't Read This, which was published on the internet.

She was dismissed from Calder High School in May 2009 and a scheduled four-day hearing at a Leeds employment tribunal started yesterday.

Lawyers spent the day reading material connected to the case and are expected to make representations before the tribunal tomorrow morning.

Miss Rusty's book caused a storm among adults as it used pupils' real names, was riddled with expletives, under-age drinking, pupils skipping school and hinted at drug abuse.

Hundreds of pupils demonstrated in support of her when she was sacked.

A reporting restriction has been imposed to block publication of the names mentioned in the book.

The book featured five Y11 pupils Ms Rustamova regarded as her favourites and they discovered a criminal drug den beneath the school.

It also compared two students to "Mr Gay UK" finalists and refers to a student fantasising and flirting with Ms Rustamova, of Salendine Nook, Huddersfield.

She described how youngsters practised "orgasmic moans" which sounded like "the soundtrack to teenage gay porn."

After the row broke the fictional novel was hurriedly removed from the internet.

In March 2009 police were called to the school after 250 students held a mass demonstration in her support.

A Calderdale Council solicitor is representing Calder High School at the hearing.