Hi 81 / Lo 73
|Volume 72, Issue 95,
Monday, February 19, 2007
Avoid jail time; enable pop-up blocker
After attempting to e-mail her husband while teaching at Kelly Middle School in Norwich, Conn., Julie Amero exposed a seventh grade class to a number of pornographic ads, The New York Times reported. Authorities convicted her of four counts of risking injury to a child and Amero could end up with 40 years of jail time.
While Amero should not have been using class
time to send an e-mail, she should not be punished for images that appeared
on-screen beyond her control, especially with a 40-year sentence. Such
images should never have been on a school computer in the first place.
However, a teacher was present.
Amero claimed that she is so uneducated in computer technology that she did not know how to turn off the monitor. She also said that she did not unplug the machine because she was told to not touch items in a teacher's classroom. Amero should have recognized the seriousness of the situation; the trouble she may have gotten into for unplugging a computer would certainly be much less severe than the 40 years she faces now.
While claims that Amero was looking at pornography are unfounded, Amero is responsible for her inaction. Living in an era often dubbed the "Information Age," a grown woman should know how to turn a computer monitor off.
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