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Posted: 10:03 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Middle schoolers find nude photos of teacher on her phone and share them. Who's in the wrong here?  

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By Maureen Downey

Should this Georgia teacher have been fired?

In a nutshell: Students of Savannah middle school teacher Lekeshia Jones somehow accessed her cell phone, including nude selfies the 34-year-old teacher had stored on it. The middle school girls photographed the photos with their cell phones and passed them around via social media

The case gets more complicated with the allegation that Jones, upon learning of the dissemination of the photos, attempted to handle the problem herself and then missed three weeks of work when she was confronted by school officials.

This incident reminds me of the teacher here in metro Atlanta, who quit after school officials claimed an anonymous email 

Here is an excerpt of the Aug. 1 story from the Savannah Morning News by education reporter Jenel Few:

See what you think. (What I think is teachers apparently need to keep their cell phones under lock and key. Before commenting, please read the full story here.)

By Jenel Few

Lekeshia Jones said she thought something strange was going on when she sent her Myers Middle School business club students off to get scissors and they never came back. She found them a few minutes later, huddled over their cellphones in her classroom. The girls seemed startled when Jones walked into the room. And for good reason.

They had gone through the 34-year-old business teacher’s cellphone and found her stash of nude selfies. But instead of just gawking, giggling and gossiping about what they had seen, the girls snapped copies of the images with their phones, texted them to their friends and classmates and posted them on social media sites.

About a month later, Jones said, one of the girls felt guilty and came to her in tears to show her how their club prank had snowballed into a sordid school-wide social media sensation. Wednesday, the Savannah-Chatham school board fired Jones for being irresponsible with her phone, for not properly handling or reporting the incident and for insubordination in the weeks that followed. District officials testified Jones had given the students her cellphone password to call home, then left the phone unattended. They also said she did not report the incident but asked students to text the social media chatter back to her so she could track down the culprits on her own.

 

Maureen Downey

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