Students Caught Watching Porn, Masturbating In Class

Middle School Boys Allegedly Watched Video On Their Cellphones

Nine students have been suspended from a Paradise Hills-area middle school after classmates claimed they were watching porn on cellphones and masturbating in class.

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The alleged incident happened May 29 at Ball Middle School, in the classroom of 7th grade English teacher Ed Johnson. U-T San Diego reported the class was an all-boys English class.

School officials told U-T San Diego the reason for the suspensions could not be released. Parents of students in the class said they haven't been told anything.

U-T San Diego obtained and reviewed testimonials written by 22 students in the class. Several students said they raised their hands to report the behavior, but Johnson kept reading a book.

In the U-T San Diego report, a student in the class said the students "weren't even trying to hide it at all. It really made me and the other students mad that he wouldn't do anything about the things happening in the class and it was affecting our education and it was nasty, also."

10News contacted the San Diego Unified School District for a comment, but district officials said because the issue is of a disciplinary nature, they could not comment.

P.J. Encina, 18, was in Johnson's English class several years ago. He told 10News he was surprised to learn about the incident.

"He was a good teacher … He was pretty strict at times, but most of the time he's, like, laid back and just doing his job … and he's pretty good at it," said Encina.

Emails obtained by U-T San Diego showed Johnson is receiving support from some of his fellow teachers.

A petition circulated by Bill Daniel, a teacher and school union representative, said: "We are making no judgments. Our petition only states that there appears to be a rush to judgment based on questionable statements made by very young children."

"Classroom management is one of the most important aspects of a teacher's job," said education reform advocate Sally Smith.

Smith told 10News Johnson should face consequences if the allegations against him turn out to be true.

"At least a few days without pay, at the very least," said Smith.

Jonson did not reply to a U-T San Diego request for comment.

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