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Caldwell Co. substitute teacher fired, allegedly accessed porn on school computer

CALDWELL COUNTY, NC (WBTV ) -

Caldwell County School officials say a substitute teacher, who had been with the school system since last fall, was terminated after they learned he had tried to access a pornography site on the internet while at school.

"We took immediate action," says Libby Brown, spokesperson for the schools.

It happened in an eighth grade class at the Gamewell Middle School at the beginning of May.

Brown says a student went to the teacher's desk for a pencil and happened to see the homepage of what they are calling a pornography site.

"There was no nudity on the page but the images were suggestive and inappropriate for school," said Brown.

The student reported it to officials the next day and technicians were able to retrieve that computer's history and confirm the allegations, according to Brown.

The substitute, who had cleared a background check when he was hired last fall, came into a meeting with officials and when confronted with the evidence, "hung his head," said Brown.

The substitute has taught at several schools in the county in recent months but there is no indication or evidence that he tried to access inappropriate sites there.

Brown says the school system has an internet policy that all new employees have to sign an agreement to. The substitute teacher did sign it last year. The violation of that agreement was the basis for the termination.

Law Enforcement officials were notified of the incident as well but because no material was transmitted or intentionally shown to students, no charges were filed.

Brown says the school system does have safeguards and firewalls in its internet system to prevent access to porn sites from any users and in this case would not allow the substitute to go beyond the home login page of the site he was trying to get into.

"The firewall worked," she said.

WBTV asked for a comment from the substitute and through the man's wife he relayed only that he had made a mistake.

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