Normally, it's the teacher swiping a student's phone as punishment, but this situation in Union County, South Carolina is all topsy-turvy. It started when a 16-year-old male high schooler took Leigh Anne Arthur's unlocked phone from her desk while Arthur was patrolling the halls, she told WYFF4. The student browsed her photo gallery and chanced upon "partially nude" photos his teacher had taken for her husband on Valentine's Day and forgotten to delete.
The ballsy teenager sent screenshots of the pictures to himself, then went the extra mile and shared the pictures via text and social media.
The student was reprimanded Arthur said the school district forced her to resign and is blaming her for the incident because her phone was "available" to the students.
Despite the loss of her job, Arthur has managed to publicly forgive the student. "He's 16. He's going to make stupid decisions." At the same time, she said he's responsible. "He knows right and wrong. He had the ultimate decision to take pictures of my pictures and he had the ultimate decision to send them out."
A student petition, which currently has over 10,000 signatures, agrees with Arthur that fault rests with the kid who took her phone and distributed her photos without permission. It reads:
Leigh Anne Arthur is the victim of a blatant attack of her privacy. Personal photographs were illegally obtained by a student and were sent to other students in the school (Union County High). After being escorted off of school property, we (the students) are left to believe that she has been forced to, or given little choice but to resign.
The students demand the return of Arthur, who taught a mix of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and computer programming dubbed Mecatronics.
Interim Superintendent David Eubanks, who is apparently head captain of the blame-the-teacher team, deemed the student petition "insignificant." Eubanks is certainly not helping the notion that adults don't care what teenagers think.
Though the school took no action with the kid and as of now have no plans to do so, the police have gotten involved because the incident got much creepier. Two days after the theft, printed out copies of the nudes were anonymously sent to Arthur's home with notes written on them.
Keep track of the petition in favor of Arthur here.