A middle-school teacher in Savannah, Georgia has threatened to sue both district officials and a group of students she accused of causing her to lose her job by posting nude photos she had stored on her cell phone, WTOC-TV reported.
“You don’t get rid of an educator because of what some children did to the educator,” Lekeshia Jones was quoted as saying regarding her termination from Myers Middle School. Jones reportedly plans to sue the students for theft and invasion of privacy on top of suing the Savannah-Chatham schoolboard for wrongful termination.
The students allegedly obtained the phone while Jones was outside her classroom. Prior to the incident, Jones had reportedly given them the password allowing them to use it to call home.
The Savannah Morning News reported that the board voted 8-1 in favor of firing Jones, though board members contend their decision was based on Jones’ failure to report the students’ actions immediately.
Instead, she allegedly gathered the students she thought were behind the theft, then had them share posts regarding the pictures on a Facebook group called “Thots for Myers.” The term “Thots” is a new slang acronym for “Those H*es Over There.”
Jones, a business teacher, was reassigned to a clerical position within the district after school officials found out about the dispute. But she allegedly failed to report for work for three weeks and used a forged teaching contract in an effort to secure an unidentified kind of loan.
The district later reassigned Jones to another school with the intention of ending her contract at the end of the school year, but Jones reportedly had her phone stolen there, as well.
“She gave her password to the kids and they somehow got on it and when she found out she didn’t report it but had the kids send pictures back to her,” school board attorney Leamon Holliday told the Morning News. “Those pictures shouldn’t have been in the classroom in the first place. Policy clearly says if you take a cell phone to school, it’s your responsibility to take care of it. Then, incredibly, she takes her cell phone to a second school and it gets stolen.”
The offending posts were made before a new state anti-cyber bullying law went into effect last month barring the sharing of private content without consent.
Watch WTOC’s report on Jones’ firing below.