Teacher's aide placed in classroom following inappropriate images

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Diocese of Charleston say that a school staff member has been placed in a classroom as a teacher's aide at a Mount Pleasant Catholic school following an incident where inappropriate images popped up at various times during class.

According to officials, in February, students had reported inappropriate images being shown on a classroom SMART Board. One group of students interviewed by the principal reported "naked figures" appearing on the SMART Board.

An investigation by a third-party revealed that a virus had infected the teacher's classroom computer causing the images to pop up.

A church document details one of the incidents where a pop-up picture of Anna Nicole Smith had appeared on the SMART Board which depicted Smith with a "low-cut top exposing cleavage."

Church officials say the teacher then told students,"Don't tell your parents or I'll get fired."

When questioned by school officials, the teacher said the remark was a joke. Officials say the teacher was reprimanded and put on administrative leave due to the comment she made to her students. She has since been reinstated.

On Thursday, church officials released a document addressing an update to the computer virus in which they also state that a school staff member has been in the classroom as "a teacher's aide until further notice."

The Diocese of Charleston also announced that the campus Internet system has been restored and a school committee has been formed to recommend a computer expert to monitor the school's computer systems.

Officials say church investigators as well a computer forensic analyst, hired by the school, met with Mount Pleasant police related to parental complaints about the incidents connected to the inappropriate images.

The school says it was informed that the Mount Pleasant Police Department has closed its investigation.

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