April 14, 2020

That's Not on the Lesson Plan



That's Not on the Lesson Plan
A Zoom class was rudely interrupted. Image via pxfuel

Many schools and universities have switched to online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. One ninth-grade class in Saratov had an unexpected interruption to their class. Last week during Russian language, literature, and mathematics classes that were taking place via Zoom, someone played a pornographic film clip, according to the mayor’s press secretary Tatyana Plyushcheva.

The school in question, Number 95, conducted its own investigation into the incidents, but were unable to determine whether it was one of the class participants releasing the video, or whether it was the results of a computer virus. Therefore, they have referred the matter to the police.

One parent told the media that even though she was told that the problem had been resolved and would not happen again, it did in fact occur again. Police are investigating the matter.  

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