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Savannah teacher fired after nude photos found

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SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Lekeshia Jones said she thought something strange was going on when she sent her Myers Middle School business club students off to get scissors and they never came back.

Lekeshia Jones was fired from her job as a Savannah-Chatham Middle School business teacher after students accessed nude selfies on her cellphone.

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Lekeshia Jones was fired from her job as a Savannah-Chatham Middle School business teacher after students accessed nude selfies on her cellphone.

She found them a few minutes later, huddled over their cellphones in her classroom. The girls seemed startled when Jones walked into the room. And for good reason.

They had gone through the 34-year-old business teacher’s cellphone and found her stash of nude selfies. But instead of just gawking, giggling and gossiping about what they had seen, the girls snapped copies of the images with their phones, texted them to their friends and classmates and posted them on social media sites.

About a month later, Jones said, one of the girls felt guilty and came to her in tears to show her how their club prank had snowballed into a sordid school-wide social media sensation.

It was the beginning of an undignified end to the school year for the former Natchez, Miss., debutante.

“Back home my family is prominent,” she said. “I’m the Natchez Indians (Mardis Gras Ball) Queen. Nothing like this has ever happened to me.”

Wednesday, the Savannah-Chatham school board fired Jones for being irresponsible with her phone, for not properly handling or reporting the incident and for insubordination in the weeks that followed.

District officials testified Jones had given the students her cellphone password to call home, then left the phone unattended. They also said she did not report the incident but asked students to text the social media chatter back to her so she could track down the culprits on her own.

When district officials found out about it and removed Jones from Myers pending termination, they said she failed to report to work for three weeks. During that time they say Jones also forged a 2015 teaching contract offer in order to secure a loan.

When she finally resumed work at DeRenne Middle, she left her phone unattended a second time, and it was taken by yet another student.

Jones, who did not present a defense or object to any of the statements or evidence presented at her termination hearing, said her plan is to appeal to state board of education officials.

Jones said the students are the ones who are at fault.

“I feel like I’m the victim,” Jones said.

Jones insists she is not in the wrong for storing her nude photos on her cellphone photo album and bringing it to work. She said her only mistake was trusting students to respect her privacy and fetch her scissors.

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

She said her password protected phone was charging in her desk drawer, not in plain sight. She also said her students never had access to her phone number or her password. During the two to three minutes the students were alone in her class, Jones said, they must have figured out a way to break into her phone and copy her photos.

Jones said she missed work because she was under a doctor’s care, wasn’t insubordinate and denies knowledge of any forged contracts. She said the district issued her a 2015 contract, then unfairly terminated her for the 2014 incident.

And she said the phone theft at DeRenne was not her fault. Jones said she was called away from her empty room for a moment and a student slipped in and ran off with her phone.

She argues that the district is obligated to compensate her for lost wages and for breaching her 2015 contract.

Jones said she is not daunted by this experience and plans to continue with her education career. In fact, she said, she has been accepted to graduate school and will begin working toward her doctorate degree later this month.

“I’m going to stay in education,” she said. “This is a bump in the road, but I’m going right over it.”

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myfather15
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myfather15 08/02/14 - 05:15 am
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Sounds like this lady has no

Sounds like this lady has no business being a teacher of children!! Not only because of the photos but because of the other behavior.

"“I feel like I’m the victim,” Jones said."

Yes, and I feel that you're dead wrong!! You're no victim lady; you're an irresponsible moron!! Especially to have it happen TWICE!! But, just as with everyone with this "victim mentality", NOTHING that has happened is her fault, SHE is the victim!!

She stayed out of work, which she claims under "doctor's care" which should be easily provable; so not her fault!! Left her cellphone unattended twice, not her fault. Forged a document to get a loan, didn't happen and if it did, it's not her fault; it's the schools fault for hurting her financially!!

"“Back home my family is prominent,”

Sounds like she is a spoiled little rich girl, whose used to getting her way!! Someone like that, doesn't need to be a TEACHER!!

How much would anyone want to bet, even though her family is prominent; they've taught her this victim mentality?? She probably heard the junk her whole life that the world is out to get her; because she's a minority!

corgimom
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corgimom 08/02/14 - 06:03 am
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What did she THINK would

What did she THINK would happen? Kids love drama, and no, they wouldn't respect her privacy, they are kids.

However, she is 50 shades of stupid to have that on a cellphone at school.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/02/14 - 06:07 am
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A few years back, a

A few years back, a substitute teacher brought a notebook and forgot it in the office. We thought it belonged to a child, so we started going through it trying to find out who it belonged to.

It was a GRAPHIC, and I do mean GRAPHIC, account of the men that she was dating.

We were just glad that we found it before a child did.

So that dummy isn't the only one that does stupid stuff like that.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 08/02/14 - 06:07 am
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I don't know myfather15, I

I don't know myfather15, I read the article a few times and it makes me wonder....if the phone had been in the teacher's purse instead of charging in the desk drawer and the students had taken the phone would you think differently?

If the district removed her from Myers Middle School after the first incident, why was she working at DeRenne Middle School when the second incident occurred and why are they reporting her for not showing up for three week....I thought she was removed pending investigation?

If a teacher is called to the office or outside the classroom, is she responsible for a student going into an empty classroom and rummaging through stuff? What if the student had taken a wallet instead of the phone? Why was the student not in his/her classroom at the time instead of wandering around in empty classrooms?

Just too many unanswered questions for me......most times things are not always as they appear and we can say she shouldn't have had nude pictures of herself on the phone....but why not? It is her own personal property and to insinuate that because she comes from a family with money means she's "a diva" and playing the victim is rather falsely judgmental (in my opinion).

As you said, if she was under a doctor's care it should be easy enough to prove.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 08/02/14 - 06:37 am
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There will always be someone

There will always be someone blaming the victim. Those kids had no business going through a teachers phone no matter where it was. If the roles were reversed parents would be demanding the teacher be fired for invading their kids privacy. The real people to blame are those spoiled brat kids who went through an adult's personal property. I would have never dreamed of looking through a teacher's belongings when I was in school. I was taught better by my parents.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/02/14 - 10:05 am
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VICTIM
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Sorry but this idiot lady gave them her password knowing she had nude pics of her on her phone. Anyone that dumb deserves ridicule and should never be in a position of authority. How could she be a teacher with nude pics of her floating around. Do you not think that where ever she teaches the pics won't show up? What's with people taking nude pics of themselves and keeping them on their phone anyway? Does she keep looking at them to convince herself that she a hottie? Good lord what's the world coming too?

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/02/14 - 10:05 am
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ICL, very good

ICL, very good response.
MF15, have you ever dated a school teacher? School teachers and nurses, they are the absolute wildest!!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/03/14 - 11:16 am
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I want to know

where I can obtain copies of these photos. So I can judge whether they are appropriate or not.
Really, that's the only reason I want them.
Really.
*Sigh* Okay, folks, I have to confess I'm a pushover for bare nekkid C-list debutantes.
C'mon now, folks, help me out here!!
I would even be willing to stay after school to study them....

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/02/14 - 10:50 am
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Several Guilty Parties here

Students and the teacher.

Remember these students distributed Porn to other Minors.
If just 1 was 17+ that is major felony.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/02/14 - 11:45 am
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What a narcissistic and

What a narcissistic and immoral society this is becoming! A teacher taking nude selfies? Yes, both the teacher and the students need their heads examined. Kudos for the student that had a conscience. Anyone that spreads around nude photos without a person's consent certainly needs to reexamine his or her conscience. Only thing worse is taking photos without a person's knowledge or consent and spreading them around, that is just plain evil, but at least that didn't happen here.

Walter Schmidt
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Walter Schmidt 08/02/14 - 02:42 pm
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Lekeshia Jones

Idiots for teachers.Is it any wonder our children gradiate (a term used by a PHd educator speaking at the Evans High School 1970, graduation ceremony) from high school with a third grade education. It seems to be a case of morons teaching students to be morons. And our answer to this problem is to throw more and more money into the education pit instead of demanding better results from many under performing teachers who obviously can't blow their own noses. I know that there are many dedicated and effective teachers out there to whom this blanket condemnation does not apply, to them I apologize for unfairly throwing them into the mix. When I studied to be an instructor in the military we were told that if a student fails to learn, the teacher has failed to teach, You see, it's not just a matter of presenting information in an easily comprehended manner, but instilling in the student a desire, a thirst, for knowledge.

maandpa
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maandpa 08/02/14 - 05:07 pm
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Use the brain just a bit

The students stole the teacher's phone, but since she had nude selfies on her phone, there will be no consequences for the students. If there were no nude selfies, I guess there would have been consequences.

However, as a teacher, she should have been just a little bit smarter. Don't have nude pictures on your cell phone and take it to school. Don't leave scissors out. Don't leave chemicals out. The list goes on.....

stuaby
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stuaby 08/02/14 - 09:32 pm
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If someone breaks and enters

If someone breaks and enters a dwelling, and finds that the tenant is molesting a child and subdues the molester and calls the police, then, I say, drop the charges and be thankful for the small things.

This woman doesn't need to be teaching kids. The same thought patterns that led her to take these pictures of herself naked are the same thought patterns that are compiling lesson plans. The lessons are going to contain something, on a daily basis, that is just as screwed up as the idiotic selfies.

Why the heck does anyone need to take pictures of themselves naked?

Get somebody else in there. Thumbs up, school board.

paladin5
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paladin5 08/03/14 - 02:54 am
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THE REAL WORLD.....

The Perceptions of Young Single Teachers (male or female) seemed to be locked into a World of Subjectivity here. We need to recognize what generation and times these teachers grew up in. On Friday night after a week of classes many become the young people that Old Folks like myself did not experience with the teachers I knew. I have met a few in my Professional experience as I administered a test asking them to take a Deeeep Breath and blow into the little tube. Surprised but not shocked I found that the person was a ??? TEACHER. Their war stories of college parties definitely make my college days dull.

Once upon a time a teacher if a teacher came to work with a Tattoo, she would have drawn a few comments...if she got hired. So think about the total scenario before you draw so many conclusions who she is and what she does. If that be the case, I know a few educators that could become unemployed if their life style were to become known. I noticed no one commented about the kids using their cell phones to copy her selfies. May be they were going to send them to their Dads. The Real World can be Scary...the Future even worse.

myfather15
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myfather15 08/03/14 - 04:29 am
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I agree with many on here

I agree with many on here that her business is her business!! The kids shouldn't have looked at her phone. I have no problem with her selfies!! But, if you're profession requires you to be around teenagers, you've got to be a little more responsible than that!! To have it happen not once, but twice?? C'mon man!! If you know there are sensitive photos on your phone, you had better make sure you secure that phone!! If you don't, that's on you!!

I'll stick to my opinion!! She got busted and didn't like it, so she stayed out of work for a while; and now she's claiming victim status!!

This just about explains it all:

" Jones, who did NOT present a defense or OBJECT to any of the statements or evidence presented at her termination hearing, said her plan is to appeal to state board of education officials.

Jones said the students are the ones who are at fault.

“I feel like I’m the victim,” Jones said."

myfather15
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myfather15 08/03/14 - 04:30 am
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GAD

Yes, I've dated both and I would absolutely agree with you!! BUT, leave that wildness in the bedroom!! No reason to take it into the classroom, intentionally OR unintentionally!!

iaaffg
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iaaffg 08/03/14 - 05:09 am
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this almost sounds as if she
Unpublished

this almost sounds as if she wanted these photos found. giving her phone to kids to make calls, leaving phone behind...hmmm. claims she didn't give password, that they figured it out in 2-3 minutes? hmmm. that smells, too. however, there is such a thing as invasion of one's privacy, and i would think rooting around in a purse or desk and taking someone's personal phone IS an invasion of privacy, and theft of personal property, but this is the 'new' and 'improved' U.S.A. where that word 'privacy' no longer denotes what it did twenty-five years ago, especially since social media/networking has come along to replace reality. also: who taught these students their manners? having respect for others? how would any of these kids feel had they had THEIR phone broken into by a teacher and scoped? and i can venture a bet they probably have even worse things on their phones than some nude selfies. this lady made a bad judgment call to bring that phone with her to school and let it out of her direct line-of-sight. hopefully when she goes to graduate school to get her doctorate in education, they will teach her some basic common sense. but you know what they say about those degrees: the more you have, the more b.s. in your brain. maybe she needs to consider another career.

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jimmymac 08/03/14 - 06:06 am
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PASSWORD
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I thought she'd given them the password so they could use the phone. This idiot woman's thought process leaves a lot to be desired. After all she did this twice. I think this was intentional and she wanted the kids to see hot hot she thinks she is. Obviously the kids were wrong to do what they did but she showed terrible judgment that makes her unsuitable to be a teacher.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/03/14 - 10:41 am
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A really compelling argument for:

Private school for your kids.

foxsilong
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foxsilong 08/03/14 - 10:41 am
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set password on lock screen

If you want to take nude photos of yourself, keep those photos safe.
It's your privacy; protect it yourself; it will help against most odds. And if you don't protect it yourself, no one will.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/03/14 - 07:21 pm
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It is against the law to take

It is against the law to take pornography onto school grounds in any form. Zero tolerance. And that includes nude pictures of anybody, for obvious reasons.

And if the dummy used her name as her password, it wouldn't take a teenager 2 or 3 minutes to figure it out, they could get in within seconds.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 08/04/14 - 02:32 am
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....

Don't know what type of phone she has but I have an Iphone and it only take a trip to Youtube to figure out how to bypass the password.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/04/14 - 07:59 am
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Obscenity

Corgimom posted:

It is against the law to take pornography onto school grounds in any form. Zero tolerance. And that includes nude pictures of anybody.

I thought the Supreme Court said that nude pictures are not necessarily pornography. You have to evaluate on a case by case basis.

This woman did not need to take "selfies." She is pretty enough that plenty of guys would volunteer to take nude photos of her using high-quality cameras; then print them on photo-quality paper and give the photos to her.

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Marinerman1 08/04/14 - 11:01 am
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There Are Possible Issues on Both Sides

The students had no right snooping in her phone. If she had provided them her password, that was not smart. If not, the students should be punished. The only issue I have is her possible forging of the contract. We MAY get to see how this plays out. Totally agree, ICL !!

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carcraft 08/04/14 - 05:09 pm
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Stuaby, read your 10:32 pm

Stuaby, read your 10:32 pm post "why would any one take naked Pictures of themselves ....Get someone else in there ...hummmmm LOL

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