Daily Mail reports:
A teacher who resigned after a student spread nude pictures of her has dropped a lawsuit against her former employer.
Leigh Anne Arthur, who taught at a vocational school in Union, South Carolina, was patrolling the halls when a student stole her phone and circulated nude photos she took for her husband on Valentine’s Day.
She resigned from her position and sued both the Union County School District and former interim Superintendent David Eubanks – but dropped the case in December.
Arthur taught mechatronics (a blend of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer control and information technology) at the Union County Career and Technology Center.
In February 2016, she claims a 16-year-old student who was failing her class took her phone – which was not passcode protected – and accessed partially nude photos she took for her husband.
The student, who had also warned her that something bad was coming, sent the images to other students through text messages and social media, according to WSPA.
The student told her that ‘your day of reckoning is coming’, according to Arthur.
When school officials got wind of the situation, they took action against Arthur, giving her the choice to either resign or be fired, according to Eubanks.
The superintendent said Arthur had failed to supervise her students, and that she was in the wrong because the nude photos were available to her students, WYFF reported.
Arthur eventually stepped down, but tried to retract her resignation the next day.
An online petition to reinstate her as a teacher at the school also attracted more than 17,000 signatures, but Arthur remained out of a job.
Weeks later, she confirmed that her attorneys filed a lawsuit against the school district as well as Eubanks.
She told WYFF in March: ‘I can also confirm the lawsuit is based on the false accusations made by Dr. David Eubanks against me along with policies and due process not appropriately followed by Union County School District.’
Arthur, who said she has been struggling emotionally and wanted her dignity back after being forced to quit, dropped the case on December 2, according to online court records.
The student was charged with a computer crime and voyeurism.
Neither Arthur nor her attorney could be reached for comment Tuesday.