Don’t teachers have a great life all the same. Short days, long holidays, good pay. Actually I’m just kidding. I think it must be a real vocation, and as a parent of 3 kids I can’t imagine what it must be like trying to manage a class of 20 or 30 youngsters.
But however difficult the job must be, I’m sure teachers all over the world are thanking their stars they don’t work in Norwich Connecticut. That’s where Julie Amero, a 40 year old substitute teacher was recently found guilty of 4 charges relating to an incident where pornographic material on a PC in the classroom where she was working was exposed to young children.
The case has caught the imagination of the tech community, because her defence claims that the PC was the victim of a spyware infestation were denied by prosecution “experts”. Most people in the computer security world agree that this is a very plausibe scenario, and feel that Ms Emero was an innocent victim in this whole affair.
However, having been found guilty she now faces up to a 40-year prison sentence, (10 years per offence).
On the evidence I’ve seen on this case it looks as though the blame here could lie with the person responsible for coputer security in the school, for allowing the web-filtering software they had in place to expire, to the school management who didn’t respond to claims by Ms Emero that she was getting pop-ups on the PC, and of course primarily with whoever sent out the spyware in the first place.
There’s a lesson here though for us all. Spyware and viruses are a deadly serious issue. It’s not that hard to protect yourself, and poor security can have a major impact.
Who’d be a teacher?