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Teacher resigns after laptop porn pops up

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A teacher at Aspen Country Day School resigned this week for allegedly using a school-issued computer to access pornography on the Internet.

Officials at the private school said they have no evidence that the activity occurred at school, contradicting a source close to the school who contacted The Aspen Times about the incident. The source asked not to be named.

The teacher was using a laptop computer, issued by the school, which he was allowed to take home. A pornographic Web site popped up while the laptop was being used by a student at school to conduct an Internet search, according to the source.

The school offered a brief statement about the incident:

“When questioned about a report that he had used a school computer inappropriately, the employee in question accepted responsibility and offered his resignation. The administration accepted his resignation with the full support of the faculty.

“We have absolutely no reason to believe that there was ever any inappropriate activity involving students, on school grounds, or during school events.”

The school did not release the teacher’s name, citing the resignation as a personnel issue.

Asked to define “inappropriate,” school spokesperson Carolyn Hines said: “I think pornographic would be a description. I think it would also be incorrect to say it involved any kind of child pornography.”

Parents of children at the school have lauded the administration’s decision to quickly accept the teacher’s resignation and establish clear boundaries about what is unacceptable, Hines said.

“While this whole situation is very sad and regrettable, many parents have called to say they appreciate how this was handled,” she said.

Aspen Country Day School has 167 students enrolled in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Its Castle Creek campus is also the Aspen Music Festival and School campus for Aspen’s summer influx of music students.

[Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com]


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