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In school, students often learn a hard lesson: Life isn’t fair. But this example takes the cake. In Indiana, four middle school students have been suspended — and threatened with expulsion.
Their infraction? While playing a game in class on their school-issued iPads, one of the teenage boys pushed a button, and a topless photo of their teacher appeared on the screen.
While not confirmed, it’s believed that the photo was unintentionally sent to students’ school-issued iPads when the teacher synced her personal iPhone to her school-owned iPad.
Lesson for schools
Social media and tech policies must:
- address the ways that technology has blurred the traditional lines between school and home
- warn staffers about adding school-owned technology to their personal accounts, and
- explain that using some convenience features (such as iCloud, in this instance) can come back to bite them in unexpected ways.
The district said it has taken action against the teacher, but refused to specify what that action was. It also confirmed she’s still an employee.
Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark said the school’s tech-use policy was followed — and what happened was “an accident,” according to local reports.
But in spite of the teacher’s “accident,” Clark insisted that the boys’ suspensions will not be lifted. She noted that parents can appeal the discipline if they disagree with it.