Teacher cleared in porn incident

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FLOYD, Va., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A Floyd County, Va., school district has cleared a teacher of any wrongdoing after students at an assembly were mistakenly showed a pornographic video.

Superintendent Terry Arbogast said in a letter sent home with parents and posted on the district Web site that pornography was downloaded "in the summer time, off school grounds, during non-school hours," and that the accused teacher, Students Against Destructive Decisions adviser Stan Hawkins, "did not have any knowledge of this occurring," the Roanoke (Va.) Times reported Monday.


Hawkins was found not to be at fault for the incident during the Sept. 15 assembly. Students Against Drunk Driving members were supposed to have viewed a film on drunken driving but instead viewed the pornographic video "by default" when the DVD malfunctioned, Arbogast said. The video played for about five seconds.

Arbogast said Hawkins, a history teacher and assistant football coach, was suspended after the incident, but he "anticipated" the teacher would return.

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