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 Due a piece of outdated software and a lapsed license, a computer at a school supposedly was inundated with popups, many with porn on them.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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