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Kids suspended for seeing teacher's topless iPad pic

Some kids are playing with a school iPad when, lo and behold, they click on a folder and see a picture of their teacher topless. They are suspended.

Joshua Troutt, one of the suspended kids.
WRTV; screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

So you're 13 and at school.

You're playing with a school-issued iPad. Would you click around? Of course you would.

What would happen, though, if you clicked and were confronted with a topless picture of your teacher?

This was the deep dilemma faced by 13-year-old Joshua Troutt and three fellow teens at Highland Middle School in Anderson, Ind.

As WRTV disrobes it, the teacher seems to have had the topless picture on her iPhone and accidentally synced everything to the school iPad.

What some might find odd is that the four kids who found themselves gawking at her topless surprise have been suspended.

Troutt told WRTV:

It's not our fault that she had the photo on there. We couldn't do anything not to look at it if it just popped up when he pressed the button. It was her fault that she had the photo on there. Her iPhone synced to it. She had to have pressed something to make all of her photos sync on there.

For its part, the school called in police, who determined that the photo wasn't, um, pornographic.

A school assistant superintendent, Beth Clark, told WRTV that this was all an unfortunate accident.

However, she confirmed that the four boys were suspended. She added that they were threatened with expulsion.

Troutt's mother told WISH-TV that she was given a choice between a 5-day suspension or expulsion. She chose the latter, because then she would have a chance to defend her son's case in an expulsion hearing.

There surely must be some facts missing here. It's just a touch hard to imagine what they might be.

Troutt's mother believes the teacher should be fired. All the school would say is that certain unspecified disciplinary measures have been taken against her.

The more one reads the varying reports, the more confusing it gets. Fox 59 declares that Clark told it that the kids did violate the school's technology policy, but wouldn't explain exactly how.

Joshua Troutt told that station: "We could've just left (the picture) on there and showed it to everybody in the school and made her embarrassed, but we didn't. We went and told them."

Some might be asking themselves this question: So a teacher syncs her iPhone to a school iPad, and the kids get suspended for seeing one of her photos -- what's wrong with this, um, picture?

I wonder if they have logic classes at Highland Middle School.