The 16-year-old South Carolina student who stole his teacher’s phone, sending her nude photo to other students was arrested Friday.
The student has been charged with violating the state’s computer crimes act in the second degree as well as aggravated voyeurism, both misdemeanors, the latter carrying a maximum of three years in prison, which means he is facing four years.
The student, who has not been not been identified, is being held Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.
Meanwhile, the school superintendent is still blaming teacher Leigh Anne Arthur for not safe-guarding her phone where the student would not be have been able to access her photos.
Arthur had left the phone on her desk before she stepped out of the classroom to address another issue. When Arthur returned, the student handed her phone back to her and told her that her “day of reckoning had come”.
Arthur resigned the following day.
Interim Union County Schools Superintendent David Eubanks released the following statement to WPSA:
It is my understanding that one student has been charged with the crime of transmitting pornographic material using electronic media. The exact charges have not been provided to the school district by local police who have been involved with this incident from the start. The student will now also face possible expulsion from the school District.
It is truly unfortunate that a teacher charged with proper supervision and care of students failed to fulfill that responsibility in her classroom. Evidence indicates that Leigh Anne Arthur was not in her assigned position at the time of the incident. Evidence also indicates that she allowed students to use her personal cell phone on a regular and routine basis. Evidence also indicates that the phone was routinely left on her desk for student use and was never locked.
Ms. Arthur has used the media to transmit false information obviously intended for the purpose of deflecting the incident totally to students. The evidence available, points to the extent of her false statements.
Her failure to supervise her students along with allowing students routine access to her personal cell phone constitute an evident unfitness for Ms. Arthur to continue as a classroom teacher. We are not aware of charges that may be filed against Ms. Arthur. We do know that her failure to properly supervise students entrusted to her care will negatively impact the lives of students and their parents.
Arthur told WPSA that she only allowed one student, her nephew, to use her phone one time with her and his mother’s permission.
The implication that students at the age of 16 could not be left unattended for a moment while a teacher addressed other concerns is laughable at best, and frankly absurd at worse.
The deflection the district has attempted to maligned a teacher has prompted students to create a petition to rehire her.
However, students and teachers of Union County Schools should call an emergency school board meeting and demand his resignation.