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Right Or Wrong? Teacher Fired After Students Find Nude Photos In Her Phone (POLL)

lakeshia-jonesLakeshia Jones, a 34-year-old native of Natchez, Miss., was fired from her job as a teacher at Myers Middle School in Savannah, Ga. after students found nude photos in her cell phone.

According to SavannahNow.com, Myers sent her business club students off to get scissors and they never came back. She later found them in her classroom huddled over their cell phones.

The students had gone through Jones’ phone and found her collection of nude selfies. Not only had they gone through the photos, they took copies of the photos with their own phones and sent them to classmates, friends and posted them to social networks. About a month or so later, one of the girls went to Jones with teary eyes and confessed what they’d done.

Jones was fired last week by the Savannah-Chatham school board for “being irresponsible with her phone” and for not reporting the incident and for insubordination in the weeks that followed the incident.

“Back home my family is prominent. I’m the Natchez Indians Mardi Gras Ball Queen. Nothing like this has ever happened to me,” Jones said of the incident.

According to district officials, Jones had given her password to one of the students to call home and then left them unattended with the phone. Officials also testified that she did not report the incident but asked students to forward her the messages so she could track down the culprits herself.

Pending her termination, Jones was removed from the school and forged a 2015 teaching contract in an effort to secure a loan. She later resumed work at DeRenne Middle School and left her phone unattended a second time and it was taken by yet another student.

Jones stands by her belief that the students are at fault. At her termination hearing, she told a judge that she was the victim and the only thing that she’d done wrong was trusting students to respect her privacy.

“I’m grown…Whatever is in my phone is my business … There is nothing in the policy about what you can or cannot have in your phone.”

Jones story is very different from school officials. She claims that her password protected phone was charging in her desk drawer, hidden from plain view of the students. She also denies that she gave students access to her phone or password.

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