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Union County teacher resigns after nude photo circulated among students

A Union County Career and Technology Center teacher resigned after district officials say a student took her phone and circulated a nude photo of her to other students.

Leigh Anne Arthur, a mechatronics teacher at the school, resigned last week, Union County Schools Director of Personnel Jeff Stribble said in an email.

David Eubanks, interim superintendent of Union County schools, said a student took a picture of a nude photo on Arthur’s phone before sending it to other students.

“Students had access to very inappropriate pictures of a teacher,” he said of the Feb. 19 incident.

School officials are unsure how many students saw the picture, Eubanks said. He said Arthur’s phone was unlocked when the student took it. District officials gave Arthur the decision to either go through the dismissal process or resign, Eubanks said.

Arthur made a complaint to the Union Public Safety Department, which is investigating.

Eubanks said he was unsure whether the student who took Arthur’s phone would face any discipline.

“I think we have a right to privacy, but when we take inappropriate information or pictures, we had best make sure it remains private,” he said.

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