I have a suspicions that this case has more to do with sexism than the student/teacher dynamic, but it plays out like the student gets off scot free. The teacher left her phone unlocked in class so an enterprising student looked through her pictures, found some naked ones she took for her husband, snapped pictures of it with his own phone and shared it, and now the teacher has been fired.
I get that schools, especially public schools, depend on funding, and part of that money is determined by student attendance, grades, etc. The teachers seem like expendable commodities even though its harder to find a teacher than students. Can someone explain to me why, in this instance, they didn’t just automatically expel the student? When I was in junior high, one kid hit another in the face, drawing a little bit of blood. It was just one punch. That kid was expelled soon after.
In this case, the student stole personal information from a teacher and shared it. He’s at fault 100%. He should be expelled. And anyone caught at school looking at the pictures should also be expelled. The superintendent gave a piss poor reason for punishing the teacher that smacks of blaming rape victims. He said she should have passworded her phone.
Translation: Its ok to have bad stuff as long as we don’t know about it.
In fact the reality is even more stupid. There was nothing inappropriate on her phone because its fine to take naked pictures for your spouse. The superintendent wants to condemn those actions and punish the teacher simply because the information is out instead of going after the real culprit. This is like the teacher collecting Nazi memorabilia, something perfectly legal, but someone finding out and telling the whole school and firing the teacher for that. The act she’s being punished for is not illegal, so they create some stupid ass reason to punish her. The stupidity doesn’t stop there, however:
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is when you buy a kid a beer. Its when you lie and sneak him into an NC-17 movie. Its when you give him money to play slots at a casino. It is definitely NOT leaving your phone unlocked. The agent of the misdeed here is the student. At no point did the teacher force, coerce, suggest, or infer that there was anything bad on the phone to tempt the kid. She just forgot to lock her phone, like forgetting your keys. With Eubanks’ stupid logic, it would be like if you forget your keys and some kid takes your car for a joyride and crashes. That would be your fault.
I think the school needs to back up their teachers. Punish this kid as if he was secretly taking naked photos of the teacher himself. Expel him and any one he shares it with. Punish any kid who tries to intimidate or humiliate the teacher with the pictures. Instead, they are blaming the victim and teaching these kids a terrible lesson: if you steal someone else’s stuff and people don’t like it, you can get them in trouble. The article doesn’t even talk about the punishment, if any, the student got. I’ll bet it was nothing, or a slap on the wrist.