Teacher Pressured To Resign After Student Steals Her Phone And Finds A Nude Photo
Look, there are consequences when it comes to taking nudes, even when it happens between two consenting adults. That said, I genuinely feel bad for what happened to Leigh Anne Arthur, a teacher at Union County Career and Technology Center in South Carolina. According to WYFF, a student stole her phone, found a nude on it, took a picture of it, and circulated it around the school. Because of the incident, she resigned her position:
David Eubanks, interim superintendent of Union County schools, said a student took a picture of a nude photo on Arthur’s phone before sending it to other students.
“Students had access to very inappropriate pictures of a teacher,” he said of the Feb. 19 incident.
School officials are unsure how many students saw the picture, Eubanks said. He said Arthur’s phone was unlocked when the student took it. District officials gave Arthur the decision to either go through the dismissal process or resign, Eubanks said.
Arthur made a complaint to the Union Public Safety Department, which is investigating.
Eubanks said he was unsure whether the student who took Arthur’s phone would face any discipline.
“I think we have a right to privacy, but when we take inappropriate information or pictures, we had best make sure it remains private,” he said.
I don’t see how she is in the wrong here at all. Was it wise for her to have a nude so accessible on her phone and leave it easily accessible to a student? No. But the real loser here is the kid who doesn’t respect other people’s private property. Now he was able to use said incriminating nude against his teacher, thus forcing her out of her career. That’s malicious intent.
Two consenting adults — yes, even teachers — should be able to sext each other if they want. That’s their personal life and they deserve the same amount of respect for privacy that anyone does. This kid went snooping just to throw her under the bus when the reality is that she did nothing wrong. And for some reason she’s the one being punished for it.
That’s a bullshit double standard.
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