A screen capture from Guilford County Schools' website on November 27, 2012 featuring Saunders as Employee of the Month. This post has since been removed.
Greensboro, NC -- A Page High School teacher, recently named Guilford County Schools 'Employee of the Month,' resigned Friday afternoon after inappropriate images of him surfaced on one of his social media accounts.
William Saunders, 27-years-old, resigned on Friday afternoon after he was confronted by the district about photos he posted to his Instagram account.
The photos in question are a montage and show Saunders is standing in front of a mirror wearing only a towel, a close up of his groin while wearing boxers, and another photo of him naked, cupping his genitals.
Guilford County Schools says that the photos are a clear violation of the district's social media policy. There appears to be a huge disconnect because the 'William Saunders' that students knew and the 'William Saunders' online are very different people. The district describes Saunders as a valued employee since 2004 and said that he has been a good role model for the district's children since he started working for them.
Saunders started working for Guilford County Schools in 2004. He served as a marketing teacher as part of the career and technical education program.
Saunders was also an advisor for a student business organization (DECA), worked with the Page marching band drum line, and supervised Page students who served as tutors at one of our elementary schools.
Nora Carr with Guilford County Schools provided the following statement:
"We expect our employees to serve as role models for children and young people, and to act in a professional and responsible manner at all times. We also advise our employees to keep their personal and professional lives separate. This situation clearly violates that trust as well as Board policies."
Guilford County Schools provided News 2 with their Social Media Guidelines and Facebook guidelines.
Nora Carr told News 2's Liz Crawford that the school principal found out about the pictures on Friday and took immediate action. A student shared them with the School Resource Officer who assisted the school with access to the pictures.
The district said the Page High School principal is notifying parents about the incident Friday evening.
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Guilford County School District, WFMY News 2