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Mississauga school's online class hacked with pornographic images, message about 'kidnapping'

Last Updated Jan 15, 2021 at 1:58 pm EDT

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Summary

A virtual classroom at Chris Hadfield Public School was hacked twice this week, once with pornographic images


The class has been moved to "another secure virtual learning environment for synchronous learning," the board says


In an email to parents, a teacher noted that "some of the students did see some of the (explicit) images"


E-learning ended up being X-rated for some Grade 4 students in a virtual classroom at Chris Hadfield Public School after their online French class was hacked twice this week, once with pornographic images.

The Peel District School Board confirmed the disturbing incidents in an email to 680 NEWS.

“We can confirm that a class at Chris Hadfield Public School experienced two occasions where at least one unknown individual entered the online classroom without having access to the classroom link,” the board said in a statement.

“We take all matters of online safety, student privacy and digital citizenship very seriously.”

The board says its IT department is investigating and the class has been moved to “another secure virtual learning environment for synchronous learning.”

The French teacher sent emails to parents notifying them of the incidents. 680 NEWS has obtained the emails. In one, the teacher noted that “some of the students did see some of the (explicit) images” during class on January 12.

A parent at the school, who wished to remain anonymous, said the children were “pretty shaken up.”

“I was upset,” the parent said. “How did this happen? How are we going to prevent this from happening again?”


The next day it happened again. This time the parent says a disturbing audio recording of man interrupted the class.

“The person said something about kidnapping. Then the teacher changed the link and the person came back and said ‘let’s talk about kidnapping’ and I was like what? How in hell did this happen?”

“This cannot happen again,” the peeved parent added. “This is personal information. How far can this go? This is beyond a violation.”