Amazingly, this is the first bona fide sighting this year of the Naked Teacher Principle, an Ethics Alarms standard, and it is, as Hazel used to say, “a doozy.” (Yes, I will continue to try to educate younger readers in the finer points of Sixties pop culture no matter how obscure the reference is. Look up Ted Key, Shirley Booth, Don DeFore, and The Saturday Evening Post, my children…)
Since it has been so long, here is the NTP:
The Naked Teacher Principle: The Principle states that a secondary school teacher or administrator (or other role model for children) who allows pictures of himself or herself to be widely publicized, as on the web, showing the teacher naked or engaging in sexually provocative poses, cannot complain when he or she is dismissed by the school as a result. The original formulation of the NTP can be found here. It has had many tweaks and variations since, which can be found here.
Now hold on to your hats, public school fans. Here is the recent story that it governs:
In Newport News, Virginia, Melissa Kidd, 34, is in the process of being investigated for criminal charges, though her teaching days have already ended. The police received a report that a teacher at Woodside High School had showed students “obscene photographs.” That would be Melissa, who is looking at possible charges for the crime of “Indecent Liberties w/ Child by Person in a Supervisory Role.” Three high school students—two are 18, one is 16— told police that Kidd, who was either feeling proud and frisky, or just trying to educate the students in modern cosmetic surgery advances, “showed them before and after photographs of her breast augmentation, which displayed her nude and exposed breasts.”
The students told police that the photos were on Kidd’s iPhone and that she showed the images to them at school. They also reported that she displayed snapshots of, uh, other areas that had not been enhanced. She apparently felt they didn’t need to be.
When high school officials learned about the police investigation, they placed Kidd on administrative leave without pay, and she soon resigned her position. She taught in the “Career & Technical Education” department. To be fair, those photos might be relevant to some careers.
Just think: if she had been a regular reader of Ethics Alarms and had absorbed the NTP, she might be teaching still. Now if you want to make the case that this isn’t really an instance of the Naked Teacher Principle because the photos were not “widely publicized,” what makes you think all the students who saw the photos reported it?
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