10/18/2012 01:55 pm ET Updated Oct 19, 2012

Students Suspended After Seeing Teacher's Topless Photo On School iPad (VIDEO)

Students from an Indiana middle school have been suspended after viewing a nearly nude photo of their teacher on a school-issued iPad that had synched with the woman's iPhone.

Joshua Troutt, 13, and three other Highland Middle School students from Anderson, Ind., have been suspended after seeing a topless photo of their teacher, according to Fox 59.

"It just showed up of our teacher with a bra on, but most of her breast showing," Troutt explained to Fox 59. "I never thought of seeing my teacher like that."

The topless photo appeared on the iPad because the teacher's iPhone reportedly synched to the tablet. "We couldn't do anything not to look at it, if it just popped up when he pressed the button," Troutt told RTV 6. "It was her fault that she had the photo on there. Her iPhone synched to it. She had to have pressed something to make all of her photos synch on there."

Detective Joel Sandefur said that "since the material was not pornographic in nature and no other criminal violation could be gleaned from the evidence as presented, the matter was turned over to the school and the police investigation closed," according to RTV 6.

Troutt claims that he and the other students asked for permission to use the school-issued iPad.

Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark said that the Indiana school has a handbook with guidelines on how to use school technology, and those guidelines were followed, KSDK reports. However, Troutt and the other students were suspended and face expulsion for seeing the nude photo.

The boy's mother, Nicole, said she thinks the repercussions are "very unfair" and alleges her son "never even touched [the iPad]."

The Sun reports that the school has taken action against the teacher in the photo, but no specifications have yet been given.



Teacher Controversies