Teacher on paid administrative leave after being accused of watching porn in class

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

LA PORTE, Texas - A La Porte teacher has been barred from the classroom after he was accused of watching porn while in the classroom.

Kira Lackey-Thompson, a mother of one of his students, is hurt and angry after learning about the accusations.

"That is a private thing, and I understand that people have their private things that they do. It's an adult thing," Lackey-Thompson said. "There is a time and a place. In my child's classroom, during school hours, my child in the classroom? Not the time and place." 

Lackey-Thompson's son is a junior at La Porte High School and was in class Tuesday when another student allegedly saw the teacher watching a pornographic video on a laptop. Her son said when the teacher left his desk to deal with another student one of the kids captured video of a pornographic image on the teacher's laptop, shared it on a social media site and reported it to the front office of the school.

In the six-second video, the teacher is seen walking away from his desk to help another student and another student goes behind the teacher’s desk to record the teacher’s open laptop.

VIDEO: Snapchat video being shared by students

Administrators removed the teacher from the campus Tuesday morning and he will remain on paid administrative leave “until the matter is resolved,” according to a statement by La Porte High School.
Lackey-Thompson says the teacher should not be allowed back around students.

"How long has he been doing it?" Lackey-Thompson asked "How many other kids have seen it and didn't say anything? If you feel comfortable enough to watch pornography in a classroom full of underage children this not the profession for you."

In the statement on its website, the La Porte Independent School District also said: "The matter was referred to the La Porte Police Department. La Porte ISD is continuing with its inquiry in full cooperation with the La Porte Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division."

The teacher, who has not been identified, is on paid administrative leave. As the district's investigation continues, the District Attorney's Office said is it not inclined to press charges.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify that Lackey-Thompson's son was not the student who recorded the video.

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