HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — This was a virtual nightmare for educators and parents.
Officials in a South Florida school district are investigating after students in an online science class were exposed to a live sex act on their screens, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
According to the newspaper, Thierry “Ted” Victor was teaching environmental science at McArthur High School in Hollywood on Sept. 2 when he saw the live video, according to a letter he sent to administrators.
As Victor viewed the Microsoft Teams video conferencing session, he said he saw a female performing oral sex on a male, according to the Sun-Sentinel, which obtained a copy of the teacher’s letter to school administrators.
“For the first few seconds, I did not recognize what I was looking at. I was frozen with fear, anger, disillusionment, confusion, and a broken spirit, all at once,” Victor wrote. “The class became chaotic in no time. Audible, yet semi-unintelligible, collages of laughter, profanities, along with several students pleading for this virtual assault to stop, caused sheer panic.'
Victor said he was so stunned, he ended his class early, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
According to his letter, Victor said did not know the identity of the girl on the screen, but said a student in his class identified her as a student in the Broward County school system. Victor added he believed two male students in his class shared the link that allowed an outsider to enter the Teams meeting.
Reached by the Sun-Sentinel, Victor declined to comment.
School administrators immediately reported the incident to the district’s information technology department and its special investigative unit, district spokesperson Kathy Koch told the newspaper. Investigators determined that the incident was not the result of hacking.
“The school’s leadership continues to investigate the matter to identify those involved and is reviewing security protocols to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future,” according to a statement from the school district. “Any student who displays inappropriate material or behavior is subject to disciplinary consequences.”