ABCNEWS.COM reports a troubling story about a substitute teacher who not only lost her job teaching, but was also arrested on 10 counts of risk of injury to a minor when a computer she left unattended began spewing porn site popups. You know popups—those annoying messages that flash across your screen just because you happened to click on a web site of interest. BoardBuzz got popped by a few just trying to access the story on ABCNEWS.COM. See for yourselves. Those of course, were not of the nature that popped up on the teacher’s computer. And, it didn’t help that the computer was in a seventh grade classroom where children gathered around the terminal and giggled (as only seventh graders can) at the amazing images promising all kinds of… well, you know.
You can imagine what happened next. Even though the teacher’s administrators understood it was mistake and not the fault of the teacher, word got around, tempers flared, ires became aroused … goodness, BoardBuzz better stop. Long story short, the teacher got canned and was eventually arrested.
The teacher swears she didn’t access an adult site and that the popups appeared when she innocently opened an email. The problem was, she couldn’t shut them off no matter how hard she tried. Click one and another one pops up. (BoardBuzz isn’t even going to pun this one). Of course, the teacher missed the computer’s on/off switch claiming she only recently began using the computer herself. Huh? And, so the teacher was hauled into court and eventually convicted.
The thing is, when the state’s own forensic experts and computer whizzes examined the computer itself they found “that the true culprit of the pornographic pop-ups was a malicious spyware program.” In other words the teacher was not guilty of the charges and a judge overturned her conviction “saying the prosecution’s star witness, a computer forensics expert, had given false testimony.”
The state “dropped the felony charges, but in November 2008″ the teacher pled “guilty to disorderly conduct,” fearing a new trial’s effect on her health.
All of this leaves BoardBuzz thinking the prosecution may have gone a bit too far, but in terms of the teacher’s future in education, in these times of 21st century learning, if you can’t even figure out how to turn off the computer, perhaps a classroom is not the right place for you.