Leigh Ann Arthur, a South Carolina teacher at the Union County High, left her phone on her desk when she went out to do hall monitor duty. A student picked it up and fiddled with it. Then, according ssffhtybfi
After discovering the phone was unlocked, he went through Arthur’s photos, eventually finding some sexually oriented shots that Arthur says she took for her husband. By the time she returned to the classroom, the student [had taken a photo of the sexy picture with his own phone and] was texting the photos to other students. According to Arthur, he told her: “Your day of reckoning is coming.”
One might think that the student would at least face disciplinary action from the school, if not criminal charges of some sort. But thus far, the school has not moved to hold the 16-year-old student accountable at all. Arthur, however, is another story. After teaching in Union County for 13 years, she resigned when district officials gave her the choice to do so immediately or start the firing process.
Fired for…not keeping her phone strapped to her body? For taking photographs to send to her husband? For not shooting the kid who stole her phone?
No, her crime was brazenly bringing sex into the life of this otherwise upstanding young man. Or so it sounds, as the interim superintendent has said the teacher may be charged with “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”
Which is sort of like arresting dad for keeping Penthouse in his sock drawer.
The superintendent said the teacher was at fault because “when we take inappropriate information or pictures, we had best make sure it remains private.”
It’s not private if it’s on her private phone? And while we’re at it: Are pictures really “inappropriate” if we choose to take them of ourselves and choose the people we share them with?
This is just another instance of the mess we get into when the authorities decide they are “saving” kids by acting as if anytime anyone under 18 encounters anything of a sexual nature, the young person is damaged for life.
A petition created by three of Ms. Arthur’s pupils, “and many more students who just want their teacher back,” has garnered almost 10,000 signatures. It is so lovely. It not only asks the school to reinstate the teacher, it asks for mercy on the student who started the whole mess:
Another thing that you have to realize is that we have went to school with the student responsible for years, the intention of the petition is not to have him absolutely berated, but to have Mrs. Arthur reinstated, everyone makes mistakes.
That includes the authorities. Let’s hope they admit theirs. – L.