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Hacker displays explicit images to West Oso students in virtual classroom

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Posted at 12:59 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 11:25:17-04

Students at a local school district fell victim to a hacker that displayed explicit images during their virtual class time.

West Oso ISD Superintendent Conrado Garcia told KRIS 6 News the incident happened in one of the district's eighth-grade virtual classes.

"We feel terrible about that," he said. "Our children should not be exposed to those things."

School officials cureently don't know who carried out the hack, but said if it is a student, or someone tied to the district, there will be consequences.

Garcia said the photos were taken down within minutes, and the district is investigating the incident.

"There are folks out there that have malintent," he said. "Even with all of the firewalls, they can still find away, but it was quickly taken down and the principal dealt with it.”

Garcia said the district has firewalls in place to try to prevent situations such as these, but that similar incidents probably will keep happening in other school districts.

Although this was not a CCISD incident, Corpus Christi ISD police chief Kirby Warnke about what consequences someone could face if they disrupt a virtual classroom.

"If they hack in, they can be facing charges for breach of computer security," he said. "If they get into a classroom and use profanity, they could be facing disorderly conduct or like charges. If they display pornographic material, well, that is a serious offense as well.