A public high school teacher in Newport News, Va. has resigned and may face criminal charges because she allegedly showed naked photos of herself to students on school premises.
The students, who range in age from 16 to 18, say the taxpayer-funded Woodside High School teacher showed them photos of her bare chest before and after breast augmentation surgery, reports local CBS affiliate WTKR.
One of the students said she also displayed a photo of her “genital areas,” according to a probable cause statement.
The teacher is Melissa Kidd, according to The Smoking Gun.
Kidd, 34, taught in the career and technical education department at Woodside High prior to her resignation.
She had the photos saved on her iPhone, police say.
It’s not clear when the students who claim to have seen the images actually viewed them. Police began an investigation in late March and obtained Kidd’s mobile phone later in the spring.
Local parents say they are shocked.
“To me, that’s pornographic. It’s not okay,” Angela Leslie, the mother of a student at Woodside High School, told WTKR.
“You trust these people to teach your child the way that they are supposed to be learning,” Leslie also said. “To hear something like this is disturbing.”
Kidd holds a special provisional “career switcher” teaching license. The “career switcher” program is “designed to provide an option for career professionals to enter Virginia’s classrooms,” according to The Smoking Gun.
The potential criminal charge against Kidd is indecent liberties with a child by a person in a supervisory role.