Mitch Albom, of “Tuesdays With Morrie” fame and other pseudo-Christian lowest denomination schlock, wrote an article for the Detroit Free Press sticking up for Leigh Arthur, a South Carolina high school teacher who left naked pictures of herself on her cell phone. One of her students got ahold of her phone when she left it unattended on top of her desk in her classroom, and the student accessed the pictures and sent them to his classmates.
Incredibly, Albom thinks the teacher is completely faultless. Here are the facts of the story:
-Arthur was a computer programming teacher, which makes her inability to password-protect her cell phone even more astounding.
-Arthur had let her students on her cellphone previously. For what reason is still unclear, but I’m guessing it wasn’t anything school related.
-Arthur left the phone on top of her desk when she left the classroom.
-Arthur admits that the pictures were easily accessible on her phone. She was quoted as saying “(the student) had to hit my apps button, and then open my gallery”, as if this was an incredibly devious and intricate operation.
Albom made a terrible analogy, basically saying that if the phone were a car, the student would be charged with joyriding even if the student had permission to drive the car previously. Well, if that car was left in front of the student while running with the keys in the ignition, that would be considered a mitigating factor in any court system.
It just astounds me that someone such as Albom, who shoves his faith down Metro Detroit’s collective throats, would stick up for a teacher who left nude pictures of herself in an easily accessible area. What if he had a student in Arthur’s classroom? Would he be OK with his child being exposed to his teacher’s naked pictures? Instead of blaming this generation’s children, he should take a hard look in the mirror (but not too hard, as his toupee might fall off). Kids have been going through teachers’ desks as long as there have been schools, and this situation is no different than if Arthur had left a photo album with nude pictures on top of her desk. The fact that she left it on top of her desk, as opposed to putting it inside of her desk (or, actually taking the phone with her!) makes her even more at fault. If this teacher would have been male, and it would have been a female student that found the pictures, I guarantee that Albom wouldn’t have stuck up for the teacher. No matter the gender, what the teacher did was inexcusable.
The kid should obviously be punished, but to excuse Arthur’s actions is hypocritical and morally reprehensible. She violated any reasonable teacher’s contract by bringing in an unlocked and unattended cell phone with nude pictures of herself, and that irresponsibility should be punished accordingly.