Porn link posted during online social studies class in Bradenton

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BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – An investigation is underway after a handful of students clicked on a porn link during an 8th grade online social studies class last week in Bradenton.

Because of Tropical Storm Eta, The Imagine Lakewood Ranch charter school held all classes online Thursday, November 12. The campus was closed and all classes were held via Google Meet.

While the social studies class was in session, a school spokesperson said six or seven students clicked on a link that took them to a web stream that was broadcasting a pornographic website.

An Imagine Schools representative said Tuesday evening the link was not shared in the classroom as previously reported. The students were having trouble accessing the correct meeting link in Google Classroom and mistakenly entered a wrong meeting that was broadcasting the pornographic website.

The person who created this Google Meet used the classroom code as the code to join the meeting, the representative stated in an email.

The students who were exposed to the link were not using school-issued devices, which would have blocked the explicit content, according to the Imagine Schools National Office.

Imagine issued, in part, the following statement:

“Our IT team is continuing to look into the situation, and the school has notified the authorities. It is uncertain if we will be able to ascertain who created the Google meeting, but swift and appropriate disciplinary action will definitely be taken if it is found that a student was involved. More importantly, our IT team is collaborating across our organization to tighten our security measures. We are also reminding teachers, parents, and students about appropriate safeguards to protect themselves online.”

Imagine is a public charger school system with more than 30,000 K-12 students spread across seven states and the District of Columbia.

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