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Porn on school iPad: Pasco mother says special education students exposed son to porn

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - The parents of a Pasco boy with special needs say older students at his school, who are also in special education classes, showed their son porn using one of the school's iPads.

Two days after we first reported the story, we spoke with the child's mother, Jennifer Haag who shared even more disturbing information.

Haag said her son, who was adopted, was sexually abused as a young child before joining the family. He had to relive that trauma when the older students at River Ridge Middle School forced him to watch porn on an iPad.

“Our kids should be safe in the schools, not be exposed to pornographic and obscene pictures,” Haag told News Channel 8. 

Haag noticed something was wrong with her child, but she wasn't prepared for the answer she got when her 11-year-old son finally admitted what was bothering him. 

“He broke down crying and told us that for three months at school a couple children were showing him pornography during recess in the gym every day,” she said.“He had been threatened by the older student not to ever mention it or he would kill him." 

This happened behind the bleachers back in 2015.

Haag also claims the school's gym teacher called her son a “tattle-tale” after he reported what happened. 

Haag said her son ended up changing schools and getting therapy to help him deal with the trauma. 

The entire ordeal has lasted two and a half years. Last month, Haag said her family filed a lawsuit against the Pasco County School board as a last resort. 

“My clients had a meeting with the principal and the principal confirmed that there were no blocks on the iPad at that time or safety measures at all,” attorney Nicholas Athanason said. 

Pasco County school district officials say they won’t confirm anything since the lawsuit is ongoing.

"The school should be held responsible even more on a higher level that this should never happen to any students,” Haag said. "If it's not a big deal, then the school district should offer a class on pornography if it's not a big deal. It is a very big deal. These are minor children."

Haag believes more students were also exposed to pornography on school-issued iPads. 

The family is asking for a trial by jury and damages in excess of $15,000. 


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