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Fifth-graders may face charges for showing classmates internet porn


Two American Fork boys could face charges after accessing pornography on a school computer and showing it to classmates, reports the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. American Fork police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow said the incident occurred March 31 in a computer lab at Forbes Elementary School. The 11-year-old fifth-graders allegedly tried repeatedly to break through the school’s filter system with different search words, finally settling on one that passed the filter. The boys then reportedly called over nine classmates to view the pornographic material. Ludlow said police are still investigating the incident. "There’s a possibility that charges will be filed," he said. Ludlow said the incident was only brought to light on April 8, when two of the boys who were shown the pornography reported the incident.
Rhonda Bromley, a spokeswoman for the Alpine School District, said the school’s principal immediately began an investigation, after which the principal and district officials decided the police needed to be involved. Bromley said the district uses the same filter as the Utah Education Network, and breaches have occurred before. It is nearly impossible to prevent any breaches in the end, she said, but the filter is updated almost daily…

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