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  1. Michelle
    Michelle June 7, 2007 at 1:29 am |

    The same thing happened to a teacher of mine once. She threw the flag over the screen, called in the school’s tech guy and got the computer de-bugged. NOTHING to make a federal case over. Sick.

  2. snakeface
    snakeface June 7, 2007 at 1:29 am |

    I can’t believe that there are actually laws to protect the morals of children.

  3. Mipa
    Mipa June 7, 2007 at 1:35 am |

    This is scary! I think this is why I went to law school: growing up I always had a fear of being arbitrarily thrown in jail! She couldn’t have stopped it if she tried…
    Speaking of laws to protect the morals of children – what a waste of time and money this trial/appeal is. Certainly there are better ways the resources could be utilized to protect children.
    Shame on that jury.

  4. StarStorm
    StarStorm June 7, 2007 at 4:47 am |

    Hmm. I now have an additional reason to hate spyware.

    That, and I third the suprise of “protecting the morals of children”.

  5. tigtog
    tigtog June 7, 2007 at 4:56 am |

    I’m so glad that she has been vindicated and is likely to have all charges disappear. The original prosecutorial team are incompetent moral panic merchants.

  6. emjaybee
    emjaybee June 7, 2007 at 9:50 am |

    I hope she sues their pants off. What a waste of time and money. And they nearly ruined her life and gave her a criminal record, just because of some stupid hysteria….indefensible.

  7. Sniper
    Sniper June 7, 2007 at 10:20 am |

    Christ, our school district has all kinds of computer security which any kid can evade by simply typing the search terms in Spanish – or any language other than English.

    I use the computers for reading, writing and researching. These are the skills I teach the kids. On the other hand, I have no idea how to download music or find free games or even change the damned wallpaper on the school computers, but the kids sure do. This case scared the hell out of me for obvious reasons. It’s the school equivalent of prosecuting parents becauase their teenaged kid found the porn stash. Insane.

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  9. Betsy
    Betsy June 7, 2007 at 11:16 am |

    When this first hit the news, it made me so angry and despairing. I’m incredibly relieved that our justice system hasn’t *totally* failed her (just 99%). What on earth could the idiot incompetents who decided to prosecute this poor woman have been thinking?

  10. Halloween Jack
    Halloween Jack June 7, 2007 at 3:36 pm |

    What on earth could the idiot incompetents who decided to prosecute this poor woman have been thinking?

    “We don’t have the guts to look the parents in the eye and say, ‘Wake the fuck up, it’s the twenty-first century, we can’t put a magic force-field around your children to protect them from this stuff; it’s your job to teach them that this crap isn’t cool, if that’s your belief.’ Need a scapegoat, need a scapegoat… any goth kids in the classroom that this can be semi-plausibly pinned on? Any misfits at all? Oh well… guess we’ll have to go with the teacher.”

  11. Stephanie
    Stephanie June 7, 2007 at 5:09 pm |

    Amero’s case became a hot issue for bloggers throughout the country, many of whom sharply criticized the guilty verdict. Strackbein criticized the bloggers today, saying they tried to “improperly influence” the court.

    And may bloggers do so many times again when such insane verdicts come around.

  12. Brad Jackson
    Brad Jackson June 7, 2007 at 9:00 pm |

    She’d be well advised sue the school, the county, and anyone else involved for an amount equal to her expected lifetime earnings as a teacher. Vindicated or not the odds are very good that she’ll never be hired by any school.

    Not that they’ll ever just come out and tell her “we won’t hire you because you were falsely accused of downloading porn a while back.”

  13. Cara
    Cara June 7, 2007 at 9:26 pm |

    I remember this story. Seriously fucked up. Especially considering all the rapists that go free. Hey, we can’t get the De Anza rape case prosecuted, but a teacher accidentally showing her students a couple of seconds of porn? LOCK HER UP!

  14. Hugo
    Hugo June 8, 2007 at 2:37 am |

    Agreed, this is why God, in Her infinite wisdom created torts.

  15. Magis
    Magis June 8, 2007 at 11:23 am |

    Malicious prosecution?

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