Students Suspended After Revealing Photo Of Teacher Pops Up On School iPad [UPDATED]

Students who use iPads in the classroom score higher on literacy tests and tend to be more excited about learning. But there are some dangers, as four boys at a middle school in Anderson, Ind. have learned. They clicked a button, reports WRTV in Indianapolis, and claimed a partially topless photo of their teacher popped up on screen. The boys have been suspended as a result.

[UPDATE: This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. EDT on Oct. 19, with new reports from the Anderson police department and Anderson community schools.]

On Thursday, Charles Rubright, legal counsel for Anderson Community Schools, released a statement saying the photo was not pornographic, and did not depict a nude or topless woman, reports a local newspaper, The Herald Bulletin. In a separate statement, Anderson Police Detective Joel Sandefur said the image was not of a topless woman, but a person "from the neck down, with partial exposure."

But four students at Highland Middle School who clicked on the photo, while playing a game on an iPad, have been suspended and threatened with expulsion. One of the boys, 13-year-old Joshua Troutt, says the teacher must have synched her iPhone to the school iPads. If an iPad and iPhone are both set to photo synchronization, then a picture taken with any of the devices will be immediately sent to all of them.

At first, Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark said the teacher would be disciplined, but the latest report from The Herald Bulletin states that the teacher has been cleared of any wrongdoing. The photos were allegedly synched without her knowledge.

Troutt's mother said the school gave two explanations for her son's punishment: He accessed the Internet, and also that the boys may have been the ones to bring the iPad and iPhone in synch. In a follow-up interview with the newspaper, Clark said the boys were disciplined because they broke schools rules, not because of the content of the photograph.

"It's not our fault that she had the photo on there," Troutt told WRTV. "We couldn't do anything not to look at it, if it just popped up when he pressed the button. It was her fault she had the photo on there."

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The youth's mother, Nicole Troutt, agrees, saying her boy's punishment is "very unfair," and that her son didn't even touch the iPad. "Another kid pulled up the picture on the iPad. He never touched it, period."

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"Another kid pulled up the picture on the iPad. He never touched it, period."
He did`nt? period.
Hmmmm, sounds suspicious to thou. Period.

November 12 2012 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My biggest question is that in the day and age of no winners we still have losers punished for things NOT thier fault. Odd

October 25 2012 at 5:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Beautiful

Like the young boy said "its not our fault that your picture was on the ipad when we pushed the button" That is correct, why are you syning your devices at school anyway save that for home. There are times where icloud may try to access you personal information but as a teacher it is your responsibility to adjust your settings. These kids should not have been suspended. People are saying but the picture had no face what difference does it make when she admits that it is her? Bottom line it was her fault that the picture ended up on the ipad best case senerio is that she gets a slap on the wrist and the boys parents are spoken to about the incident. Worst case is that the teacher is fired.

October 23 2012 at 2:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i wanna see the pic before i comment

October 22 2012 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to swtdreamluvr's comment

That is so appropriate of a comment. How can any 1 make a comment with out all the facts & details.

November 12 2012 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There were never this kind of problems in school when there were no i pads. There was no such thing as "sexting" either and there were fewer ways to bully others. Isn't technology great?

October 22 2012 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Bill's comment

Sure is, makes thou wish there was such contraptions when thou went 2 school.

November 12 2012 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The teacher should have been fired. The kids were not at fault here. Not right!

October 20 2012 at 12:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I bet they do do better on tests.....WHEN THEY ARE PROBABLY USING THEIR IPHONE TO GET THE ANSWERS ON THEIR TESTS!!!!......morons.

October 19 2012 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All these posters commdeming the teacher might want to look at their own phones. First of all the photo was faceless so how could they say it was the teacher? The only thing they can say is that it was on her cell phone which some how got synced to the Ipads. Did the teacher leave her cell phone in a condition where the boys were able to access it? Doesnt matter where the photo came from the boys were inschool using a school Ipad and went looking for photos on it.

October 19 2012 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vimala Nowlis

Should the teacher be punished and disciplined for posting topless pix online? If that's how the teacher behave, no wonder the kids are posting nude and drunk online all the time.

October 19 2012 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Vimala Nowlis's comment

Did you read the stoy at all? the photo did not have the teachers face in it. The photo was form the neck down.

October 19 2012 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Those kids have internet access, topless photos of their teacher are probably tame compared to what they have looked for. They wont be scarred for life and they probaby wont remember any of this in a month.

October 19 2012 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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