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Two Hubert teens were charged with misdemeanor disclosure of private images after they allegedly posted private photos of a teacher on social media.
Brian Joshua Anderson, 16, of Zachary Lane and Brittney Renee Luckenbaugh, 16, of Elm Drive allegedly did “knowingly disclose an image of another person, David Laughinghouse, without the affirmative consent of the depicted person,” according to warrants.
Warrants did not include any details on the type of images that were disclosed.
The term “catfishing” was used at the time of their arrests, which involves creating a fake account on social media to trick people into thinking you are someone else.
Laughinghouse, 51, started working in Onslow County in July 2001 and worked at Swansboro High School for 16 years. He was teaching French there at the time of the incident and was suspended with pay pending an internal investigation by Onslow County Schools that was later completed.
The school system released a statement on April 26 saying it’s inappropriate of them to comment on lawfully confidential personnel matters but assured the county they took “appropriate actions” and urged everyone to treat the situation with sensitivity.
“Harassment and bullying in any form or context simply has no place in our schools, in our community, or online,” Onslow Schools said in a statement.
Many people in Onslow County took to social media, upset about how the school handled the situation. The school system reiterated that the people involved needed to be treated with dignity and respect and asked everyone to treat the situation as they would want it handled had they been directly involved.
The Daily News reached out to Onslow County Schools for additional information, including whether Laughinghouse is still employed with the school system and whether the schools took any disciplinary action against the two students but did not receive an answer by deadline.
Public Information Officer Suzie Ulbrich said a lot of the employees were out this week due to the holiday season.
Both Anderson and Luckenbaugh’s cases are pending in Onslow County District Court, according to District Attorney Ernie Lee.
Assistant district attorneys Precious Harrison-Cobb and Hope Robertson have been assigned to the cases, Lee said, and both are scheduled to be in court next on Feb. 1.