A South Carolina high school teacher was asked to resign after a student stole inappropriate photos from her cellphone and distributed them to other students.
Leigh Anne Arthur had been teaching at Union County High School for more than 13 years, WSPA reported. That came to an end in February, when a student allegedly stole personal pictures from her cellphone while she was out of the classroom.
“He opened up my gallery for my pictures and he found inappropriate pictures of myself and he took pictures from his cell phone of that and then he told the whole class that he would send them to whoever wanted them,” Arthur told WSPA.
“The student who actually took my phone and took pictures turned around and told me your day of reckoning is coming," she added.
Arthur told WYFF she had taken the nude photo to send to her husband.
Arthur said she was asked to resign by Superintendent David Eubanks. She said it wasn’t her fault and that she had left the cellphone on her desk by mistake.
“The whole premise of my privacy being invaded his being ignored and that’s what’s wrong,” Arthur told WSPA.
Still, Eubanks said the school was concerned that Arthur could be contributing to the delinquency of a minor and that she was wrong for keeping her phone unlocked.
Arthur said that according to school district policy, the student should have been expelled. She had one last message for the student:
I forgive you. It don’t make it anymore right. But what’s done is done and I hope you learned your lesson. And I hope that you learned from this mistake and I hope that you have a wife one day that you treat like gold and you won’t want this to ever happen to her.
Arthur said parents and students are signing a petition to bring her back. She added that she plans on pressing charges against the student.
The Union County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the incident, according to WYFF.