School Suspends Students For Finding 'Racy' Photo Teacher Accidentally Put On Their iPads

from the that-seems-backwards dept

We've seen schools that ridiculously blame and suspend their students for videotaping misdeeds by staff or faculty... but this latest story is really bizarre. A female middle school teacher in Anderson, Indiana somehow (and the details are not at all clear) put a "racy" photo of herself onto a school-issued iPad that students were using. They found the photo... and the school suspended the students. Again, the details are pretty hazy. The photo was described by one of the students as a "topless" photo, but a police report on the incident said it was "from the neck down, with partial exposure." At the link above, Kash Hill suggests this sounds more like "a classic no-face, no-shirt shot that involved a bra and possible cleavage but no actual nudity."

It's also not entirely clear how it got onto the iPad, though the suggestion is that it may have had something to do with Apple's iCloud syncing across devices. It's entirely possible that the teacher used her own account for her own iPhone and the school iPad, leading to the images from her phone syncing to the iPad. No matter what, it makes no sense that the students are suspended and may face even more punishment:
Those students have been suspended and threatened with expulsion.
The students, quite reasonably, are infuriated at this:
"It's not our fault that she had the photo on there," Troutt said. "We couldn't do anything not to look at it, if it just popped up when he pressed the button. It was her fault that she had the photo on there. Her iPhone synched to it. She had to have pressed something to make all of her photos synch on there."
When asked about it, the school district's assistant superintendent Beth Clark told the media "the students' punishment will not be changed." Hopefully the students will seek to get the suspension overturned in some way, because based on the details this seems absolutely ridiculous.

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 19 Oct 2012 @ 8:31am

    some highlights...

    anderson community school corporation

    "To improve graduation rate from 57% to 87% in five years"
    So they are doing a BANG up job.

    The following acts are specifically prohibited:
    1.Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures, or accessing, uploading, downloading or distributing pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material;
    2.Using vulgar or obscene language;
    3.Harassing, insulting, or attacking others;
    4.Damaging any computers or equipment, computer systems or computer networks;
    5.Using the school computer networks to violate the law;
    6.Using anotherís password without express permission;
    7.Trespassing in anotherís folders, work or files;
    8.Intentionally wasting limited resources; or
    9.Employing the network for commercial purposes.
    Violations may result in loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.

    20. Knowingly using profane or obscene language, making obscene gestures, using racial or ethnic slurs, or making threats directed at a school corporation employee either on or off school grounds.

    30. Accessing computer systems which the student has not been authorized to use. Unauthorized entry into a computer system constitutes a class D felony.

    Students may not use personal electronic signaling devices at school to take pictures, film or video of students or school staff (including teachers, administrators or staff) without the prior written consent of the student or staff person.

    Corporal Punishment, you can be punished for what you did on summer vacation, drug testing, uniforms, spelled out punishments for fireworks in the halls and arson, and the right to opt out of supplemental instruction if you have objections to the material.

    Yeah this isn't a place built on overreaching control.

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