A TEACHER who quit her job after being investigated over her vampire gothic horror website has spoken out for the first time and said: "It's obvious you're not allowed to look glamorous if you're a teacher."
Samantha Goldstone, 36, was asked to stay away from St Christopher's CE High School, Accrington, after complaints from parents about her MySpace.com page.
On the personal web page, which publicised her book and poems, the mother-of-one revealed that her work features "adult content with vampire eroticism, violence and bloodlust".
Last week, headteacher Alasdair Coates announced that there had been an "amicable parting of the ways".
But speaking for the first time on Granada Reports, Mrs Goldstone, who lives in Whitefield, Manchester, said: "People have generally overreacted to a teacher looking the slightest bit glamorous.
"It just seems that if you're a teacher you're not allowed to have an outside life.
"I never want to set foot in another high school or teach again because I'm absolutely terrified of what people would say or accuse me of now."
The Observer website was flooded with messages of support for the English and drama teacher who wrote under her pseudonym Paigan Stone.
She had initially agreed to stay at home after parents complained her "lurid" interest in vampires was inappropriate for a teacher at a church school.
She has now left the school for good.
Mrs Goldstone said she was touched by the level of support shown by pupils.
Mr Coates said: "The school and its pupils have valued the work and friendship of Mrs Goldstone over the past four years. We have agreed that an amicable parting of the ways is in the best interests of all in the present circumstances.
"We know that Mrs Goldstone will be missed by our school community and wish her and her family all the best for the future."
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council, which was carrying out the investigation, added: "The matter has been dealt with via an arrangement which is acceptable to, and has been agreed by, all parties. There are no safeguarding issues and the matter is now closed."
Answering the door at her home, Mrs Goldstone said: "I have no statement to make whatsoever."