Teacher faces prison due to porn popups

By Justin Mann on January 26, 2007, 6:28 PM
40 years in prison because of popups? It sounds pretty ridiculous, but isn't that far from the truth. Due a piece of outdated software and a lapsed license, a computer at a school supposedly was inundated with popups, many with porn on them. End result, a teacher gets in trouble for “risk of injury” to a minor. The teacher is facing time in prison for her actions, which supposedly led to this. According to the school, the only reason it happened was because Symantec had failed to send the school updated licenses:

The new sites were not added to the blacklist in the WebNOT filter, provided by Symantec, because the software firm had not sent a new license that would activate the updates feature, the district's IT director said at a school board meeting on Tuesday, according to the report. Symantec had no immediate comment on Friday.
No matter what the real truth is here, is visiting dirty sites at a public place worth prison time? At the very least it seems draconian and outright ridiculous. The teachers defense is claiming she is a victim of spyware, and did nothing intentionally wrong. If Symantec had a part in this, it wouldn't be the first time. It wasn't that long ago many of their customers weren't receiving licenses on time due to mix-ups upon their acquisition of Veritas, though this issue is quite different from those.




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Phantasm66 said:
In the UK now, the home office has just said that it does not want judges to jail people unless they are the most persistent and dangerous offenders.A guy was caught with lots of child porn on his machine and as a result of the above he got a suspended sentence.
PanicX said:
I don't see how this could be anyone's fault but the IT directors. Clearly if the licensing was expired on the content filter then internet access should have been removed or switched to a whitelist style filtration. Blaming an employee for not properly administrating a PC they're not supposed to administrate is absurd IMO.
gbe300 said:
Whats Absurd is the amount of unwanted bulk junk mailing, Porn and other pop-ups either via spyware or anything else. Crap input = crap output. Computers are very good at doing what they are told and all the pop-ups and spyware are written by ppl that know this. Again ppl are so worried about what their kids see and the issue isn't about teaching kids, but blaming someone else for not sheltering them.
Fiziks said:
If I were her I wouldn't say another thing about it. IT depts fault indeed, everybody makes mistakes. Also, what kids listen to their parents anyway and don't seek out porn and other "unauthorized" things. Porn use to pop up in our school, nobody even cared enough to acknowledge it, we'd just close the pop-up, this was in 6th-7th grade. Extremism is destroying the planet.
beef_jerky4104 said:
The teacher should not be punished. It is the computer network Administrators fault. I understand that most security at schools if vastly outdated. Either way it was not the teachers fault.
craigwatanabe said:
But in order for the pop ups to occur didn't the computer have to have visited a site that benefitted these pop ups? If all you do is school related links, chances are you'd never get these pop ups. But if you go to a certain kind of website, chances are pop ups of those nature will pop up.Bottom line though is that if pop ups or sites like that are accessable thru a school computer, then the IT person isn't doing an adequate job of online security.As far as kids getting into porn...as evil as it sounds, what kid hasn't seen a naked body in print or on video? Heck there's more sex on Prime time television and on music videos.
ThomasNews said:
Incredible case... It's scary even reading how the Judge has handled evidence in the trial, let alone the fact they've been found guilty.
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