2 third-graders suspended at Lake Stevens school for finding porn on computer, sharing with others

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LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — Two 3rd-grade students at Sunnycrest Elementary in Lake Stevens have been suspended after one found sexually explicit images on a district computer and they shared them with classmates, school district spokeswoman Jamie Taylor said Tuesday.

It was not disclosed how long the two children would be suspended.

An email sent by the Lake Stevens School District to parents said, in part:

“We’re writing to notify you about an extremely unfortunate situation that occurred at Sunnycrest. During class, a third-grade student searched for, and was able to access explicit sexual images on a district computer. She then shared those images with several of her classmates. Appropriate disciplinary action was taken.

“Typically, images of this nature would be blocked by our filtering software. Lake Stevens School District subscribes to a filtering software that blocks certain ‘classifications’ for all users, including: pornography; gambling; obscenities; adult content; hate/violence; and URL shorteners. In this instance, the images were searchable and visible due to a change in the search engine that had not been updated by the filtering software company.

“Once staff members became aware of the situation, Information Technology technicians were immediately notified and all student computer use at Sunnycrest is suspended until our investigation is complete. Additionally, the filter is being tested on a district-wide basis to ensure that all students are protected from explicit content.”

In a statement to news media, the school district said, “We are sincerely sorry that it happened. No student, especially third-graders, should have access to explicit content … we are working to ensure that this will not happen again.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 comments

  • Sally Peterson

    For once, just ONCE, I’d like the parents to take some responsibility for their kids. Rushing to blame this on the school district is unconstructive and petty.

    • Bobby

      Why are the parents responsible for the school’s inability to properly lock down their own computer equipment to prevent the students from searching online to find inappropriate material? Please explain that to me.

      • Jerry dudeingsten.

        The problem here is that everyone is to old and stupid to know kids these days are smart enough to use proxies and other various methods to look up porn on school computers. This is hardly uncommon, at lake stevens middle school my friend would always look up porn and show classmates. If he ever showed a girl they would always threaten to tell, so he learned to stop doing that. I on the other hand would tell him to stop because he was my friend and that meant we would both get in trouble because he kept showing me. I would say things like, just look at it at home dude and he would just sit there laughing.

        • Jerry dudeingsten.

          I would also like to add that this was about 16ish years ago. So this is hardly news. Kids always have and always will look at porn. When I was 8ish my friend had a dirty magazine and me and all my friends liked it.

  • Jim Trimble

    Did it dawn on anyone that the images had been accessed by adult staff and the 3rd graders found it??? Remember we are talking kids that are how old? and have the ability and/ or the desire to search for pornography??? I bet an independent researcher will prove that this “child” was not at fault…

    • Bobby

      Of course the child is not at fault…. and neither are the parents. This is the SCHOOLS fault for not properly locking down their own computer equipment to prevent the students from searching for inappropriate material online. Also I did not see anything in the article that said the adult staff had access the material. All it says is that “…one found sexually explicit images on a district computer and they shared them with classmates”. It does not say HOW those images got on the computer. So please point out to me in the article where it says that.

  • SMARTERTHANYOU

    Wow… so many uneducated comments here! What the hell do you think children do? “Oh look booobs lets share with my friends this is funny.” If anyone is at fault it’s the Information Technology departments for NOT doing their job by locking down the systems. The kids shouldn’t suffer anything but a parent-teacher conference. Quit blaming parents for something they have absolutely no control over.

    What’s funny is you idiots, among millions of other sheep and imbeciles, can’t fathom the beauty of the human body and could never accept the fact that you’re just too stupid to embrace the nature of life. Also, to you church going hypocrites… go pray to a deity whom will smite you for your stupidity. You cannot grasp the concept of nature, nor why human beings wear clothes.

  • Mandango

    The school is not responsible for this. They did not make the girl look up the images, nor did they force her to share them with other students. As a parent of a 3rd grader at Sunnycrest, I will say I FULLY trust the staff there. It is not their fault.

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