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October 4, 2007

State Rep To Students — That’s Not My Porn!

by Brad Warbiany

Considering this happened to seniors in high school, I don’t think anyone was surprised… I’m sure they’ve all seen it before. The guys have invariably all searched for it on their own computers, and the girls have those anatomical features, so I’m sure they’ve seen them. I think the only surprise would have been if the pictures were of someone in the class (which would have been hilarious, IMHO)… So don’t expect me to call for this guy to be tarred and feathered.

But this reminds me greatly of the “series of tubes” incident. If this guy’s not smart enough to understand that you should figure out what’s on a flash drive BEFORE you arrive at the school, he probably shouldn’t be writing legislation…

State rep gives students revealing presentation

Seniors in government class at Norwalk High School might have thought they were in anatomy class Tuesday when a topless photo popped up during a PowerPoint presentation.

State Rep. Matt Barrett, D-Amherst, was speaking to a class when he plugged a flash drive, a portable memory storage device, into the teacher’s computer. A dialogue box and a topless photo popped up on screen, he said.

“I was shocked,” he said. “I didn’t know where it was coming from — if it was coming from the flash drive or what.”

After the class, Barrett, the teacher, the principal, the district’s technology director and Superintendent Wayne Babcanec met to discuss the incident. They found an entire directory of inappropriate photos on the flash drive, which Barrett received from a legislative liaison from the state library.

They called the Norwalk Police Department and the Ohio Highway Patrol to look into it as well.

“There is no specific individual we’re looking at. At this time, we’re trying to figure out what is on the jump drive and how it got there,” said Lt. Tony Bradshaw of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Well, don’t worry… Now that the “authorities” are involved, they’re going to make sure a silly situation becomes absurd. The Highway Patrol is going to spend your tax dollars to find out exactly why and how 25 (or so) students, mostly 17 and 18 years old who have worse on their own computers, got a 3-second glimpse of some mammary glands. Well, they won’t likely find out. And even if they do, they probably have no recourse to prosecute. So it’s an expensive exercise in futility, which will likely result in hundreds of man-hours and thousands of tax dollars spent resulting in a case closed without resolution.

But all that doesn’t bother me. I’m not in Ohio, those aren’t my tax dollars, so I’ll just enjoy the schadenfreude while it lasts!

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  1. Is that plausible deniability of owning the flash drive?

    Comment by VRB — October 5, 2007 @ 7:45 am

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