Oakland H.S. teacher mistakenly shows inappropriate picture - WKRN News 2

Oakland H.S. teacher mistakenly shows inappropriate picture to class

Posted: Updated: Oct 16, 2013 10:39 PM CDT

A math teacher at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro has been issued a written reprimand for mistakenly showing an inappropriate picture during class on Monday.

The picture was on the teacher's personal iPad and appeared while he was trying to show his International Baccalaureate math class equations. 

The educator, who has been employed at the school for more than a decade, accidentally opened the wrong file with the inappropriate image in full view of his students.

"When he got it off, he said, ‘I'm sorry. You all were not supposed to see that' and then he just went right back to teaching," a parent who asked not to be identified told News 2.

According to Rutherford County Schools' spokesman, James Evans, an anonymous parent first contacted the school about the inappropriate image on Tuesday morning.

"She said the class was just kind of awestruck, you look up there and you see a math problem and next thing you see is somebody's stuff hanging out," the parent said, adding, "To be sitting in class to do your work and that pops up, that's what disturbing to me."

The school immediately conducted an investigation, which led to the written reprimand which stated in part, "This letter will serve as a written reprimand for unintentionally showing an inappropriate photograph in your 6th period class on October 14, 2013.  Although it was not your intent for the photograph to be displayed, you are personally responsible for the material that is located on your own personal device."

As of Wednesday afternoon, no parents have requested that their students be moved to another class.

"I don't foresee anybody losing their jobs, but I don't think he should be teaching that some group of kids again. I don't really see how he could and still have their full attention and their respect," a parent said.

"It was definitely inappropriate and we do not take the incident lightly," Evans added.

The teacher involved in the incident has been an Oakland High School employee since August 2002.  He has not had any prior incidents of inappropriate behavior.

News 2 has decided not to identify him since he does not face criminal charges.

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