Rantings of a Sandmonkey
This is one very bizzare story!
“I dared not turn the computer off”? Now that’s bizarre!
Well, dick, it does sound like the reaction of a tech novice. However, she should have been familiar enough with a computer to turn the MONITOR off. She definitely shouldn’t have left the students alone with it. Why didn’t she send a student to get another teacher? Anyway…very sad case and seemingly mishandled.
Read Horner’s notes. The regular teacher told her not to log off, and she followed his instructions.
Every one of you has relatives who are computer-illiterate. Picture those friends as public school teachers, with the same lack of computer literacy. Now picture what they would do if this happened to them.
This is a blatant, stupid miscarriage of justice. Hopefully the conviction will be overturned on appeal. Only an equally ignorant juror would believe the prosecution’s claims on this one, and the judge’s refusal to allow relevant testimony demonstrates a graphic lack of basic computer knowledge.
Horner’s final words are important too: “Let this experience stand as a warning to all that use computers in an environment where minors are present. The aforementioned situation can happen to anyone without fail and without notice if there is not adequate firewall, antispyware, antiadware and antivirus protection. That was not provided by the school administration where Julie Amero taught.”
Any teacher whose school does not provide such protection should refuse to use computers in the classroom until it is provided.
This really sucks. Why don’t they prosecute all those spyware writers and webmasters of those malicious websites that spread spyware and viruses intentionally? More information on the dangers of spyware: http://www.spyware2.net
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