UNION COUNTY, S.C. – A teacher in South Carolina says despite her love for teaching, she will not go back to work at the Union County School District.
Leigh Anne Arthur taught engineering to high school students in the district before she resigned on Tuesday.
Interim superintendent David Eubanks says while Arthur was patrolling the halls on Monday, she accidentally left her cell phone on her desk.
At that point, Arthur says a male student grabbed her phone and searched through her photo gallery, stumbling upon a partially nude photo she sent to her husband on Valentine’s Day.
“He had to hit my apps button to open up all my apps and open my gallery,” she told WYFF. “He took pictures of my phone and sent them from his phone.”
The photos were then posted on social media.
“He knows right and wrong. You know, he had the ultimate decision to take pictures of my pictures and he had the ultimate decision to send them out,” she said.
However, the school district is holding her responsible for the incident.
Eubanks told WYFF that Arthur was in the wrong because her phone was unlocked and a nude photo was accessible to students.
“Where are you putting the moral of the student?” Arthur said. “He’s 16. He is gonna make stupid decisions.”
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and will determine whether the student is charged.