Teacher to return to work after nude photo scandal

Teacher to return to work after nude photo scandal

Administration had asked educator to resign after student grabbed personal images off her tablet and posted them on WhatsApp

A girl using a tablet in Jerusalem. (Illustrative photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90)
A girl using a tablet in Jerusalem. (Illustrative photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90)

A teacher in an Ashkelon high school whose nude photos were copied off of her personal tablet by a student and circulated on WhatsApp last week was set to return to work Tuesday.

The teacher was seeking legal action against the culprit and the school administration, after it asked her to resign and did not discipline the student for his actions.

The teacher filed a complaint against the student responsible for distributing the photos, and her attorney send a letter to the administration Sunday demanding she be returned to her position. The teacher left on sick leave last week in the immediate aftermath of the incident, after refusing to quit, according to Haaretz.

The school’s actions “send the message to students that the teacher is at fault, although she was the victim in this case,” the teacher’s attorney, Orit Hayoun, said. She described the teacher as “a brave woman, who, despite the situation she is in which is not easy, will return to work tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, more than 6,700 people signed an online petition since last week calling on the Education Ministry to have the teacher’s position reinstated, and to ensure that the student was disciplined.

“We demand from the Education Ministry to speak out clearly and stand with the teacher and protect the community of teachers and women in Israel: the right of every woman, including teachers of course, to their private lives. No one — certainly not students — has the right to trample on this right,” the petition stated.

The teacher had received the tablet through a new educational initiative, and was unaware that photos taken on her smartphone were accessible through the cloud.

It was not immediately clear whether the teacher had accidentally left her tablet in the classroom, or whether she had loaned the device to a student as part of a class assignment and forgot to take it back.

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