Students crash Norfolk middle school Zoom class, show 'sexually inappropriate' images, school district says

Posted at 3:37 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 15:37:06-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Two people who crashed a Norfolk middle school's Zoom session Wednesday showed the class sexually inappropriate images, a Norfolk Public Schools spokesperson confirmed to News 3 Thursday.

The spokesperson says the two people who were unauthorized to attend the Northside Middle School class' Zoom session were other students who were pretending to be students who were enrolled in the class. One of the impersonators used the chat function to type inappropriate content to the class without the teacher knowing.

Additionally, that person also showed sexually inappropriate images from their cellphone when the teacher was unable to see their screen. Once the teacher was made aware, the person was immediately removed from the class.

The NPS spokesperson says building administrators were alerted to the incident Thursday, and the school will notify parents about the situation.

They say another incident happened at Northside Middle Thursday that involved a student using inappropriate language during a Zoom class. This student was authorized to be in the class.

Norfolk Public Schools provided News 3 with the following statement after the incident:

"Norfolk Public Schools takes unauthorized zoom entry incidents very seriously and is fully investigating the matter, which will be resolved as quickly as possible. Both the Norfolk Police Department and Child Protective Services were notified of the incidents, as that is standard protocol."
Norfolk Public Schools

The spokesperson for the school district added that they have given their teachers training on safety protocols and processes about teaching via Zoom and that they will go over those protocols again to make sure this kind of incident doesn't happen again.

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