Student Takes the Fall for Teacher’s Incompetence

This sounds extremely harsh to me:

Students from an Indiana middle school have been suspended after viewing a nearly nude photo of their teacher on a school-issued iPad that had synched with the woman’s iPhone.

Joshua Troutt, 13, and three other Highland Middle School students from Anderson, Ind., have been suspended after seeing a topless photo of their teacher, according to Fox 59.

“It just showed up of our teacher with a bra on, but most of her breast showing,” Troutt explained to Fox 59. “I never thought of seeing my teacher like that.”

The topless photo appeared on the iPad because the teacher’s iPhone reportedly synched to the tablet. “We couldn’t do anything not to look at it, if it just popped up when he pressed the button,” Troutt told RTV 6. “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.”

Detective Joel Sandefur said that “since the material was not pornographic in nature and no other criminal violation could be gleaned from the evidence as presented, the matter was turned over to the school and the police investigation closed,” according to RTV 6.

Troutt claims that he and the other students asked for permission to use the school-issued iPad.

Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark said that the Indiana school has a handbook with guidelines on how to use school technology, and those guidelines were followed, KSDK reports. However, Troutt and the other students were suspended and face expulsion for seeing the nude photo.

 The boy’s mother, Nicole, said she thinks the repercussions are “very unfair” and alleges her son “never even touched [the iPad].”

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2 Responses to “Student Takes the Fall for Teacher’s Incompetence”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    I remember years ago a grade 3 teacher wanted to show his class some colour slides. As he prepared the projector he discovered there was a slide already in place so he decided to use that to focus the projector. It was a full frontal nude photograph of one of the other male teachers. Fortunately he had the presence of mind to immediately switch the projector off before the children’s eyes had focussed sufficiently to see the slide clearly. A couple of sharp eyed children asked what the picture was and the teacher was able to satisfactorily fob them off by saying, offhandedly, that it was only a Red Indian. He never made that mistake again.

    More recently I had assigned a task for the boys in my behaviour class to research a chosen rain forest animal and to store their results in a folder with their name on it on the school’s server. I decided to check out their folders to see how they were progressing and discovered a video in one boy’s folder that never should have been there. He was lucky not to have lost his school computer privileges.

    Inappropriate material appearing on or in school technological equipment is the responsibility of the people who placed it there. They, not any student who sees it inadvertently, ought to be held to account.

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