A fire alarm went off in our school today right before lunch ended. I was already in my classroom, and there were only a few other students in the room. When it went off, the teacher pulled out his cell phone and took a picture of everyone in the room, with me being in the dead center of the shot. He could have taken the picture from any angle, but he chose the one where I would be the main focus.
He said it was so that he knows which students were in class before the alarm went off. Although, there were less than 10 students in the room, so why didn't he just count us or remember our faces? The people in the room were those that are ALWAYS in class early, and it's been that way for the entire school year. Everyone else shows up later. After several months of being in school, you'd think he would remember our faces, right? Some of them even spend the entire lunch period in his room, like I do.
... Was it necessary for him to take that picture? Do you think he just wanted an excuse to take one? As SOON as that fire alarm went off, he took out his phone. It seemed unusual. Or, am I just being completely unreasonable and irrational? What would you think of the situation?
Just for the record, it's a high school freshman class, so we're all between the ages of 14 and 15.
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Most Helpful Guy
The laws about it vary by state. In my state it's not illegal to do that if you don't disseminate (pass around or post) the picture at all.
Nowadays, every school I've been to (I'm a teacher) has computerized systems for taking attendance, and each student's picture is on there. If this had happened during class, it would have definitely been unnecessary. But you said this wasn't during class. And you were in his room, so that means he's responsible for all of you, just like if he were your parent.
I don't think his motivation was "creepy" or anything. It's definitely never a good idea for a male teacher to be doing something like that, though, because people will assume things and blow it out of proportion.
If you're really concerned about it, take it to the math department chair or someone in the front office.1
Most Helpful Girl
Here's my take on it:
I have a horrible memory. I'm talking swimming laps in a pool and forgetting what lap I'm on while doing a 200 (it's literally 4 laps 😑) or forgetting the topic of conversation or names.
Anyway, let's say I get a job as a teacher. One day, the fire alarm goes off and, as I haven't been told this was a drill, which leads me to assume "oh shit the building is burning down." I have ten students in my classroom, and knowing me, especially in a state of panic (I may look calm but I'm shitting myself internally) I may forget how many students are there and which ones they are. I have two choices: I can snap a pic of the class to remember everyone who's there, and get everyone out, or just get everyone out. Now, let's say one of the students gets left behind, or gets lost in the confusion on the way out. If I have a pic that I can look at and say "OH CRAP JIMMY IS MISSING" I can, A) tell the fire department someone may be in the building, B) ask the other teachers if anyone has Jimmy with them, or C) turn around and go back to get him. If I don't have the pic, I may not be able to identify who's missing, and I may not be able to alert the fire department someone is missing. If they die as a result, I'll never be able to forgive myself, because I could have taken a pic and made sure everyone gets out safe.