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

Last Updated Jan 14, 2021 at 10:38 pm EDT

The Peel District School Board confirmed on Thursday that a virtual classroom was hacked on two separate occasions. PDSB

Warning: This article contains subject matter that some may find offensive. Discretion is advised.

The Peel District School Board confirms in a letter that a virtual classroom at Chris Hadfield Public School in Mississauga was hacked twice this week and a parent says some students were subjected to a pornographic video.

One parent of a grade 4 student in the class provided 680 NEWS with emails from their teacher that was sent out to parents after the first incident when the explicit video popped up.

The parent says their 9-year-old and another student witnessed two men engaging in oral sex. The second incident was an audio recording of a man repeatedly saying the word “kidnapping”.

“They were all in French class and then a song by a rapper came on and there were two naked guys and one of the guys was giving a blow job to the other guy,” one parent, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

“They [the children] were pretty shaken up, as anyone would be, even as adults.”

The Peel District School Board says they are aware of the separate incidents and are currently investigating.

“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,” a spokeswoman at Peel District’s School Board told 680 NEWS in an email.

“We take all matters of online safety, student privacy, and digital citizenship very seriously. The board’s IT department is currently investigating. In the meantime, the class has moved to another secure virtual learning environment for synchronous learning.”

The parent says they’re extremely concerned and are searching for answers.

“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 [the] hell did this happen?”

Peel Police so far have not been reached for comment.

“This cannot happen again. This is personal information,” the parent added.

“How far can this go? This is beyond a violation.”

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