Miss Rusty ‘right to get bullet’

MISS Rusty, the Calderdale teacher who caused a storm of controversy after writing a racy novel about her pupils, has lost her claim for unfair dismissal.

She was hoping a victory would kick-start her career after she was sacked from Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, in May 2009.

But the Leeds employment tribunal ruled Leonora Rustamova, 40, was right to be sacked by a majority verdict.

Her solicitor Keith Lomax said the disappointment was softened by the fact the employment judge on the three-strong tribunal, found in her favour.

“It is not an outright 100 per cent loss. It is signifcant the only legally trained person found in her favour,” said Mr Lomax.

“That is significant in any decision to appeal.

“We have six weeks and will be deciding what to do but obviously we are very disappointed not to have won at this stage.”

He said Miss Rusty, who was not available for comment, had yet to read the full judgment.

“It causes great difficulty for her to work with the history and background and it has been a long time getting to this stage.

“Our answer would be that it is not over yet.”

Calder High chairman of governors Robert Good said the school was pleased with the outcome.

“The decision to dismiss a teacher is a very serious matter,” he said.

“And, Miss Rusamova was dismissed after a three day hearing for a very serious breach of her safeguarding responsibilities.

“We are pleased the matter is now finally concluded and that the school can concentrate on delivering the best possible outcome to students.”

Miss Rusty - as she was known to pupils - wrote a fictional novel “Stop! Don’t Read This” which was published on the internet.

It contained pupils’ names, under-age drinking and hinted at drug abuse.

It also compared students to “Mr Gay UK” finalists and a reference to a student flirting with Miss Rusty, of Huddersfield.

The resulting storm brought widespread criticism but demonstrations of support from students.