Teacher Forced to Resign After Student Steals Her Phone & Leaks Her Nude Pic -- Great Lesson to Teach Kids

The hardly seems like it can be real. A teacher has been forced to resign after a student stole her cell phone and shared some sensitive material on social media -- specifically, partially nude photos that Leigh Anne Arthur thought were private, because she didn't count on a teenager stealing her phone and uploading them to the Internet.

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How dare she not think every high school student is a potential thief!

Anyway, the South Carolina high school teacher could also be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in addition to losing her job. District officials gave her the option of resigning immediately or starting the firing process.

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Arthur, who has been a teacher for 13 years, was monitoring the halls between classes, as her job required her to do. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old allegedly went through her desk, found her phone, and started rummaging through her camera roll. He found some sexy pics that she had taken for her husband, and sent them to his friends. When she came back to the classroom, Arthur claims he told her, "Your day of reckoning is coming."

So how does this end up being the teacher's fault? Administrators say that she should have password-protected her phone. What the heck? That's like saying that thieves have a right to break into your house and steal your property because you left the door unlocked.

This woman shouldn't have to give up her job, let alone face legal action. As for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, it sounds like this 16-year-old is already delinquent enough on his own.

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Thankfully, I'm not the only person who thinks this is insane, and a petition has been started to get Arthur her job back. Even so, she's not sure that she'll return, even if asked. I don't blame her -- it would be hard to work in an environment where you'd been victim-shamed for something that was completely not your fault.

Arthur even said that she forgives the student who stole the phone, chalking it up to the "stupid decisions" of a teenager. I agree -- it was dumb, and I think he should be disciplined in some way. You can't go around stealing things -- private photos on cell phones included.

 

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