SACKED teacher Leonora Rustamova is getting backing – from her former students.
Many of them are expected at a big charity gig tonight – raising money for her appeal against her sacking.
The teacher, known as Miss Rusty, lost her job at Calder High School after writing a racy online novel featuring many of the pupils.
She was suspended from her post and then sacked.
But she is fighting the case at an employment tribunal in Leeds and the Salendine Nook-based teacher has been boosted by the support from former students and their families.
The tribunal was adjourned yesterday and is to reconvene at a later date.
But some of her ex-students have helped arrange the charity night called Raise the Roof, a concert at the Hebden Bridge Trades Club to raise money to pay towards Miss Rustamova’s barrister’s fees.
The gig kicks off tonight at 8pm and is expected to run until 1am tomorrow morning. Bands taking part include Fishing for Bishops, 2 Kool Tony, Recorded Filth, DJ Lollly, Bongo and DOHZE.
Mrs Rustamova, 40, was sacked from Calder High School, near Hebden Bridge, in 2009 after the novel appeared on a self-publishing website.
The story, which described teenage fantasies, named several teachers and featured year 11 pupils.
Mrs Rustamova is claiming unfair dismissal at an employment tribunal.
The novel, called Stop! Don't Read This!, also described violence and featured a drug den.
It was later removed from the website.
The tribunal has been told Mrs Rustamova had been notified she was being promoted to the role of social cohesion co-ordinator the day before she was informed by letter that she was being suspended over the book
Robert Good, chairman of governors at Calder High School, said Mrs Rustamova failed in her core responsibility of safeguarding children and she made a serious error.