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Sebastian River High School teacher reassigned amid pornography investigation

Report alleges student saw teacher watching porn at end of virtual class
Sebastian River High School, August 2020
Posted at 5:34 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 00:01:37-04

SEBASTIAN, Fla. — A teacher at Sebastian River High School has been reassigned after allegations that the educator was seen by students watching pornography after a virtual class.

According to an Indian River County Sheriff's Office report, a deputy was notified by the principal Monday afternoon that a virtual teacher "possibly transmitted pornographic materials."

The deputy was told the teacher was instructing the class as the virtual session was ending and other students were signing off when one student remained logged in and saw the teacher "opening up different sites and videos that were pornographic." The student called it "very disturbing" and "quickly made a video for evidence."

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According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, the teacher was using his personal computer to teach the class.

"If he is found guilty, then I don't see any other way than him losing his job," parent Kiera Eidem said. "If he is not found guilty but made a mistake, then there still needs to be consequences for that because it affected children."

A statement from the School District of Indian River County said it "took immediate and decisive action by contacting law enforcement and reassigning this employee, pending a full investigation."

"We will take every measure necessary to ensure the safety of our students, and that student learning takes place in a safe environment whether on campus or virtually," the statement continued. "Employee misconduct of any nature which jeopardizes the safety of our students will absolutely not be tolerated."

The teacher was not identified while the investigation is ongoing.

"A qualified employee will serve as a temporary classroom replacement until further notice," the statement said. "Out of respect for employee privacy and to allow a proper investigation to take place, we do not comment on pending investigations."

Eidem said it's a matter of trust.

"The district is trying very hard to get all of kids back in school," Eidem said. "But those who don't feel comfortable stay at home, and we have to trust that the person on the other end of that is going to be a good person."