The Associated Press reports that a teacher’s aide in Bangor, PA has been asked to leave her position after a nude photo of her had been circulated among students.
The high-school aide allegedly left her phone unattended at a non-school event, when someone found it and started distributing the photo.
Bangor Area Superintendent John Reinhart says he will seek to terminate the six-year employee if she doesn’t resign. He says her ability to work with district youngsters has been compromised. She has not been at work for several days.
The district is asking parents to check students’ phones for the image.
School officials say the woman at the center of this whole thing was expected to tender her resignation at 3:00 Wednesday afternoon. But so far that has not happened.
If you live in the Bangor Area chances are you’ve seen it.
District officials say the woman took the picture of herself on her cell phone.
The problem started when the teacher’s aide left her cell phone unattended. Someone then apparently grabbed the phone, went through her picture files, found the nude photo, and started forwarding it to students at the high school.
The situation has sparked a heated moral debate. The teacher’s aide did not break any laws and never intended to go public with the picture. But can an educator be effective in the classroom if the students have seen her naked?
School officials say privacy laws were probably also broken by the person who forwarded the photo in the first place. But that issue will remain moot since at this point they still don’t know who did it.