Letters to the Editor
I think she actually accessed the sites at some point. That is the only way to get an unending stream of pop-ups.
Several years ago (maybe 2000) when I was a computer science instructor at a university I had a similar experience.
I typed in an address and was presented with numerous images that I'd rather not describe. The worst part, I could not escape.
I give her the benefit of the doubt - why would she deliberately do this to children (unless she had a 'death' wish)? It is probable that she may have accessed the site earlier, but the charge seems to be not accessing sites, but showing sites to students.
The entire tech community seems to be becoming aware of this incident. From what I have read so far, I think she seems to be a
victim of others' prior usage on an unprotected computer. I think of my sister who is (after her retirement age) a part-time teacher
and completely computer illiterate and I can see her getting into a similar situation.
Having had the experience of runaway Internet with explicit content I laugh at the suggestion that you have to click on it to get
into trouble. What rubbish! All I had to do was turn Internet explorer on and it went crazy and no - we were not visiting porn sites
in the first instance.
My verdict is that this teacher is an amateur and is innocent. I have surely encountered this problem myself after searching for
a name that set me up to a website where I experienced Porn-explosion, and even though I tried to shut every window, it was like a
war against Lotus, where you slam one and you see ten more coming your way. I just had to do what they call using the Swede button,
thus turning off the UPS. My Antivirus program at that time didn't find any infections ( Norman), but I just knew there was something
wrong with it, as I experienced porn popping up right on my desktop even though I was offline. I think it copied itself. So I had no
choice but to format the whole thing.
My daughter used to log onto innocent sites, then I would find icons on my desktop that I found were auto-dialers to pay sites.
As someone whose 7-year-old grandsons went surfing on Grandpa's computer and ended up needing to spend 2 hours cleaning up the porn and other stuff [I now have Net Nanny] I believe it has nothing to do with her and all about Lazy computer personnel not updating the school's protection.
Her story is credible if her expert is correct that she entered a site linked to a seemingly innocent hair styling website, "that led to this pornographic loop that was out of control". The defense attorneys should have demonstrated what happened in court before the jury. We all know all too well what can happen when a porno website is visited even if by mistake and we close it and get in the loop of more websites appearing. We learn quickly to recognize these sites, and if necessary to close all the programs using Windows Task Manager. However, if the defense could not replicate this, then the jury may have been correct, but to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the teacher willfully showed porno to her students is a high standard and I am dismayed that the defense team could not introduce into evidence reasonable doubt.
It appears that they're burning witches again. This time in Connecticut.
The teacher concerned does seem guilty, but the school does seem guilty of "helping" by allowing their anti-porn defenses to expire.
It is probable that this teacher, or someone who had access to the machine, did visit the sites. If she was responsible for
the PC at the time then she is responsible for any actions taken with it during that time. So she might deserve to be sacked for
misuse of the school's equipment. But to be subject to even the possibility of 40 years jail is ridiculous.
I clicked on a site that I thought was selling merchandise & was re-directed to a porno site...I have had this porno
advertising happen to me & I could not stop the pop-ups from happening. I tried closing them but they popped up faster than I
could close them! I had to push the shutdown button to close my PC. After re-booting I had to remove the links that they put into
my registry along with cookies...
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