IRA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The father of an Anchor Bay High School student is calling for a security guard to be fired, after the guard sent a racy photo to a student who graduated last year, according to the district.
The photo has reached current students.
The security guard said it was an accident, but the girl who received the image countered, saying it couldn’t have been.
For now, the guard still has his job.
The image depicted a topless woman dressed as “Santa’s little helper” with the caption, “Merry Christmas, pass it along.” It was sent on Christmas Day.
The next day, the girl who received the photo wrote on Twitter that the guard messaged her the image on Facebook, and he must have looked her up, because they weren’t friends on the social networking site. From there, the situation took off, with people sharing it on their Snapchat stories.
Back at school this week, students were shocked to learn the security guard was still employed.
“I probably wouldn't want to go back to school, because I would notice he would look and talk to other girls in a weird way, and I wouldn't want him around other girls for their safety,” said one person, who asked not to be identified.
The security guard wouldn’t go on camera, but spoke to Local 4 and said this is a big misunderstanding. The picture was sent to the former student by mistake, he said -- which would explain the message that followed the photo, which read, “Sorry, didn’t mean to do that.”
The Anchor Bay school district said the district learned of the photo Friday and immediately called the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department. The guard is now on administrative leave, the district said.
“We take this matter very seriously,” the district said. “We’re going to get all the facts, finish the investigation and take the appropriate action.”
One parent said the man should not be working around children.
The Sheriff’s Department is investigating, Local 4 confirmed. Reporter Jason Colthorp contacted the woman who got the original message, but didn’t hear back from her. According to her social media accounts, she’s now 20 and attended Anchor Bay.
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