Two high school principals in Delaware are facing a lawsuit after they allegedly shared a security camera photo of a student’s bare breast with faculty members.
Aniya Harmon, an 18-year-old student who graduated in May from Sussex Central High School, was horrified to learn that the adults in charge of her academics were spreading topless images of her taken from the school’s security cameras.
To make matters worse, the principals then made a meme of the lewd photos, placing Janet Jackson’s face on the teenager’s body, in reference to the infamous 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Rumors of the meme began spreading around the school and beyond, with Harmon finally getting the police involved, as reported by The New York Times.
Harmon and her mother, Tosha White, have sued the two administrators, Bradley Layfield and Matthew Jones, for the harm done to Harmon’s safety. They want the man to face criminal charges as well. The high school and school district were also listed as defendants in their suit.
The image of Harmon topless emerged after a teacher accidentally pulled on her T-shirt and bra strap to reveal her chest in the midst of a fight between another set of students. According to the lawsuit, Harmon was not directly involved in the altercation, but was “bucked at” by one of the parties, prompting the teacher to grab her to de-escalate the situation.
Upon reviewing the footage, the principals allegedly shared the unedited footage with the school’s non-administrative personnel, such as gym teachers.
The Delaware State Police has yet to comment on the case, but an attorney for Layfield admits that an investigation is ongoing. As for the principals, currently on administrative leave since May 22, their education licenses could be revoked.