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Porn accidentally shown to pre-K class viewing Christmas video

Posted: Updated: Dec 7, 2012 05:28 PM

School district leaders in Robertson County are trying to figure out how a classroom full of four-year-olds saw a pornographic image pop up on a projector during class Thursday.

The district's director, Daniel Whitlow, told Nashville's News 2 the incident happened in a pre-K classroom at Jo Byrns Elementary School while a teacher was showing students a video of Santa feeding reindeer.

Whitlow said the video was over and the image "popped up" as they teacher attempted to go to another Web site.

She reportedly typed "reindeer art" into Google and clicked on one of the links that came up.  When she realized it was not what she was looking for, she tried the close the site. The image of a naked woman popped up as she did.

A woman with a family member in the classroom told Nashville's News 2 the little boy came home from school and said he had seen a naked woman on the screen inappropriately touching her private parts.

"These are four year old little angels that are supposed to be protected and we send them to pre-K to the pre school at the elementary and they see this?" asked the woman.

Many Robertson County parents are concerned over Internet safety, including Heather White.

"I have a lot of concerns," said White. "I don't think kids should be able to see that kind of stuff. I don't think it's safe, because the teachers can access whatever they want and that means the kids probably can too."

Director Whitlow said a letter detailing what happened was sent home with students Friday.

He said there were about 20 kids in the classroom and the teacher immediately reported the incident.

She didn't do anything on purpose and no disciplinary action was taken, Whitlow said.

He added that the district would also be looking into Internet filters that are supposedly in place to filter inappropriate content on county school Web sites.

"It breaks my heart," said Audrey Rodriguez, who has two children in Robertson County Schools. "Can you imagine your four year old coming home and saying 'I saw this, what does that mean?'"

In the letter, Director Whitlow told parents, "We certainly regret this situation occurred in your child's classroom. As always, a safe and healthy learning environment is a top priority and we will work diligently to ensure there is no reoccurrence."

Jo Byrns Elementary School is located in Cedar Hill, about 30 miles north of Nashville.

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