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Classes at University City High School Zoom-bombed with pornography

Posted at 4:23 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 21:58:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A University City mother is looking for answers after her daughter was greeted with pornographic images on two consecutive days of remote learning.

Chelsea Butler says it happened during her 14-year-old daugther's remote Physical Education class last Thursday morning. Her daughter is a freshman at University City High School.

"When she logged in, the screen was filled with pornography. It was being streamed during her Zoom call," said Butler.

Butler says her stunned daughter quickly logged off and told her about it.

"Made her extremely uncomfortable. She was really upset by it," said Butler.

Butler emailed the school and got a call back from the assistant principal, along with an email sent by the school. Both confirmed
the Zoom bomb and an investigation by school police and the administration.

"The fact my daughter was exposed to it against her will is very upsetting," said Butler.

The next day, her daughter tried to log in -- same time, same class -- only to be greeted by more pornographic images. This time, there were dozens of extra people in the room.

"They apparently got in by stealing students' screen names and changing them by one letter in order to access the classroom. Her screen name was one of the ones used. That's why she was even more upset," said Butler.

The incidents is putting remote learning security under the microscope. Butler says right now, her daughter logs onto a password protected web portal to get her Zoom meeting ID.

Her daughter enters a virtual waiting room, before the teacher invites her into the class. Butler isn't sure how, but says the precautions clearly must be enhanced.

Across the country, numerous news reports have detailed similar Zoom bombs during remote learning involving pornography.
Butler says her daughter won't be going back to that class until changes are made. So far, the school has excused the absences.

"A student just going to class every day should not have to be exposed to porn," said Butler.

ABC 10News has reached out to San Diego Unified School District for a comment and are waiting to hear back.