High School Teacher Allegedly Posted Sexual Photos Of Students On Reddit's CreepShots

Coweta, Creepshots, Reddit, Workplace Voyeurism

All offices share a few rules: You shouldn't make racist or sexist remarks, even if you privately espouse such views. You can have arguments, but getting physical is not OK. And you never covertly take sexual photos of people at work, much less post them on the Internet.

Yet that's exactly what one substitute teacher allegedly did at East Coweta High School, in western Georgia. The teacher hasn't been named, but school officials reportedly asked authorities to investigate the substitute teacher after there were complaints that suggestive photos of female students ended up on the Reddit forum CreepShots. The online forum contains sexually suggestive photos that users took of women without their knowledge or consent. The teacher is no longer employed by the school system, according to the Fox station in Atlanta.

According to a report on the Fox 5 Atlanta TV station, the high school students discovered the images on the site, which featured classroom shots of girls rear-ends and crotches and included some provocative captions. Some students then posted messages on Reddit, directing them at the user who posted them. "I know that girl, and I know which teacher you are," Reddit user its_comin_up wrote. "I hope you're looking forward to getting fired." The sheriff's investigation is ongoing.

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Lately there seems to be rise in reports of workers using their workplaces for sexual-voyeurism-by-hidden-camera. As was reported by AOL Jobs in April, 27-year-old Alejandro Gamiz, a maintenance worker at a Sears in North Hollywood, Calif., was arrested for allegedly creating peepholes in women's restrooms and changing rooms, and installing video equipment to record women and children. A few months later in Pennsylvania, John Bednarik, director of campus environment at DeSales University, admitted to surreptitiously videotaping a female employee while she was using a breast pump in her office at the Catholic college. She was topless and, after reportedly hearing a noise, noticed a lens peering from a hole in the ceiling. Bednarik confessed to a misdemeanor invasion of privacy and is awaiting sentencing, according to the Lehigh Valley Morning Call.

For its part, the recent incident at Coweta has breathed new life into a campaign among some users to have Reddit shut down the CreepShots message board. While the forum, known in the Reddit community as a subreddit, urges users not to post pictures of anyone below the age of 18, such activity is enabled by a policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," in the words of the blog, Jezebel.

Users noted that the postings from Coweta went up with captions like, "Hot Senior Girl in One of My Classes." Such seemingly flagrant exploitation of minors has motivated Reddit users like SpencerTracyMorgan to call for action. "What's particularly disturbing about the voyeur subreddits is that individuals are having their perverse, invasive and illegal behavior validated and encouraged by many others," SpencerTracyMorgan writes (via New York's Daily News.) "These voyeur subreddits normalize and encourage predatory behavior."

In the past, Reddit has demonstrated a willingness to halt activity on its forums. One thread from last year, known as "jailbait," became a host for child pornography sharing, which prompted a backlash in the media. The so-called "front page of the Internet," the content of which is determined by users' preferences, proceeded to shut down "jailbait."

For now, such voyeuristic shots taken at work will likely continue, a report from the Daily News contends. Reddit users are becoming more adept at concealing their prying postings, and are sharing tips on how to "obtain the best stalker shots possible, without getting caught."




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Anna

I am the mother of the 17 year old child you are all talking about. I have a few comments of my own. First and foremost, my daughter did NOTHING to deserve this violation of her trust, security and privacy! She is wearing a pair offing shirts that when she stands reach the tips of her fingertips when her hands are by her side...just as the school dress code requires. She is wearing a pink Tshirt. That covers all of her chest and is not tight or revealing. She is NOT looking into any camera! She is looking straight ahead and actually has her eyes closed in this picture.
Secondly, this IS a PERMANENT SUBSTITUTE teacher who has worked at this school for several years. Whoe do I know this is not another student posting these pics pretending to be a teacher? Well, when my daughter was questioned by the detective we were informed that CHRISTOPHER BAILEY, the nasty pervert pedophile teacher accused of this henious crime ADMITTED to taking these pictures and posting then to creepshots for other nasty perverted pedophiles to see and write disgusting comments about!
I hope I have cleared up some of the ridiculous misconceptions several of you have regarding this case. I pray none of you idiots that are blaming the victims ever have to deal with this type of violation yourselves!! This precious little girl is having to deal with your ignorant comments and accusations repeatedly. So I hope that you will reconsider making stupid uneducated comments....next time it could be you!

October 03 2012 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Canis Dufus

Let's get behavior like this banned from Reddit for good - sign the petition! http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-reddit-remove-subreddits-that-promote-rape-aggressive-misogyny-transphobia-violence-against-women-and-ableism

October 02 2012 at 7:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jenny

f* him

September 30 2012 at 7:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
viviglam

Uck. Men are disgusting.

September 29 2012 at 8:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
viviglam

How is it that Reddit supports a page called "Creepshots?".

September 29 2012 at 8:00 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
BarB

and they don\'t want to be tested for competency in teaching....think they need to tested for mental competency also - these are the people to whom we trust our most treasured resource, our children?

September 29 2012 at 6:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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solartempest1859

There is a difference between being a certified teacher and a substitute teacher. Substitutes only have to have a high school diploma or GED. They're mostly glorified babysitters with little to no training.

September 29 2012 at 8:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
BarB

and they don\'t want to be tested for competency in teaching....think they need to tested for mental competency also - these are the people to whom we trust our most treasured resource, our children?

September 29 2012 at 6:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Johnny Chử

Put that crazy low life teacher to jail for life!
To stop this happen again, Every school should have their dress code and no cellphone or anything that has camera to be allow in class!

September 29 2012 at 6:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hpycmpr155

The name (:Creepshot") says it all........

September 29 2012 at 5:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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BarB

and they don\'t want to be tested for competency in teaching....think they need to tested for mental competency also - these are the people to whom we trust our most treasured resource, our children?

September 29 2012 at 6:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kenny Wallace

schools are for learning ! most have doors closed and or locked for a reason (PRIVACY) This is a direct violation of that ! Nott to mention most school kids are minors, If these pictures are'nt labeled on facebook or some other site by the photographer then he realizes its wrong and has a F?#$@ K 'd up fetish and should be caught and corrected.

September 29 2012 at 5:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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