Brianna Coppage, a 28-year-old English teacher at St. Clair High School in Missouri, has resigned from her job after school officials found out that she was producing sexually explicit content on a website called OnlyFans. Coppage said she joined the website to supplement her salary as a teacher, but she was placed on administrative leave last month when her online activities were exposed.
OnlyFans is a subscription-based platform that allows content creators to post and sell their videos and photos, which often include nudity and pornography. Coppage said she earned an additional $8,000 to $10,000 per month from performing on OnlyFans, while her teaching salary was about $42,000 last year.
Coppage taught English to freshmen and sophomores at the high school and was in her second year of teaching. She said she always feared that her OnlyFans account would be discovered by the school authorities or the students. “It was kind of always like this cloud hanging over my head, like I never knew when I would be discovered,” Coppage told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier this month. “Then, about two weeks ago, my husband and I were told that people were finding out about it. So I knew this day was coming.”
The school district accepted her resignation and expressed disappointment
Coppage announced her resignation on Monday, October 11, 2023. St. Clair R-XIII School District Superintendent Kyle Kruse said in a statement that the resignation was “voluntary” and that Coppage “has decided to move in a different direction.” Kruse also said that the school district was “deeply disappointed” that this negative attention was brought to the community, but they were also limited to how they could respond.
Kruse said that the school district did not independently discover Coppage’s material on OnlyFans, but learned it from a person who is not affiliated with the school district and does not live in St. Clair. He said that the district immediately retained legal counsel for assistance, due to the sensitivity of the matter and to protect the integrity of the investigation. He said that the district was advised to, and did, take all possible steps to ensure confidentiality.
Kruse also said that the district’s policies prohibit employees from engaging in any conduct that is immoral, indecent, lewd or disorderly. He said that the district’s primary concern is the safety and well-being of its students and staff.
OnlyFans has more than 210 million paid subscribers and 2.1 million content creators
OnlyFans, which launched in 2016, has become a popular platform for content creators who want to monetize their online presence and fan base. The website has more than 210 million paid subscribers worldwide and more than 2.1 million content creators, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The website allows creators to charge anywhere from $3 to $75 for a monthly subscription, with some users paying more for custom and pay-per-view content. According to her page on OnlyFans, Coppage was charging $20 per month.
OnlyFans has also attracted controversy for its explicit and adult-oriented content, which some critics say exploits and objectifies women and promotes unhealthy sexual behaviors. Some content creators have also faced harassment, blackmail and threats from online trolls who leak their personal information or images.
Coppage is not the first teacher who has faced backlash for having an OnlyFans account. In February 2020, a California teacher named Tiffany Poindexter was fired from her Catholic school after some parents discovered her OnlyFans page and reported it to the school authorities.