The South Carolina high school teacher who was asked to resign after one of her students allegedly stole and shared her partially nude photos has revealed plans to take her case to court.
The embattled teacher Leigh Anne says she plans to sue her former employer, the Union County Schools District.
“I feel raw, violated. It’s something that I’m struggling with on a day-to-day basis.” She said.
She added that the photos were meant for her husband. She had briefly stepped out, leaving the phone in her classroom at Union County High School in Union, South Carolina. While she was away, a male student looked through her device, found the photos and sent them to other students.
Anne resigned from her teaching position Feb. 24, nearly a week after the incident and after what she describes as pressure from school officials.
“I left my phone. I did not knowingly leave my phone sitting on my desk. I didn’t think that a student would do that.” She said.
The 16-year-old student whose name was not revealed has since been charged with computer crimes and aggravated voyeurism for allegedly copying the photos from Anne’s phone. Anne is also said to have deflected her responsibility by leaving her phone unprotected and her classroom unsupervised.
The teacher shared a copy of the lawsuit she says she intends to file. The lawsuit would seek damages for defamation and breach of contract.
“I want to be able to hold my head up and say, you know, ‘I did all I can do to make sure that I’m getting my dignity back,’” Anne said.
All the best girlfriend… That silly boy should, at least, be held accountable for his folly.
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