Just when you thought school rules couldn't get any more bizarre, a high school in Anderson, Indiana (home of Amber Portwood!), has served up quite a wacky tale. Students found photos of their naked teacher on a school iPad. So what did administrators do? They suspended the kids for looking!
I mean, um, wait a second! When did we start punishing kids for something the teacher did wrong?
Maybe my question should be when did they stop, huh? This is a particularly odd incident -- after all, how many teachers do you know who have topless photos of themselves lying around -- but it's far from the first time a kid has gotten in trouble for a teacher's mistake.
According to parents of the kids who were suspended from Highland Middle School, the boys were playing a game on the school's iPad during class. One boy pressed a button that brought up photos of their teacher's partially bare chest. Being teenage boys, they all ogled.
Only now they're in trouble. The district says the teacher, who apparently synced her iPhone with the iPad on accident, was punished but is still on staff. What they won't tell the media, however, is why the kids are losing instructional time for their teacher's screw up.
It sounds an awful lot like the old "well, we're the adults, and we said so" defense. We see it used a lot. Remember the kid who was forced to sit in isolation because of her dyed hair? Only it turned out the school had written such a vague policy that it didn't have a leg to stand on? The administrators essentially punished her for finding the loophole in their rules.
In this case, we have a school district that employs a teacher so dumb she lets her topless photos end up on an iPad that 13-year-old boys are playing with, and the 13-year-olds found it. The kids made the school look bad by finding it, so what's a school to do?
Has your kid ever been punished for something the school did wrong? What did you do?
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