'Highly inappropriate images' shared with virtual class in Dist. 200

Daily Herald report
Updated 2/22/2021 6:05 PM

Wheaton police are investigating an incident in which "highly inappropriate images" disrupted a middle school class held virtually in Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200.

The district's IT team was working to identify the individuals who accessed the first-period class last week, Middle School Virtual Academy Principal Ian Smith wrote in a note to parents.


About 15 minutes into the period, a substitute teacher admitted "approximately 4-5 individuals," Smith wrote.

"The substitute was not aware that these persons are not normally in this class," Smith wrote. "These individuals immediately began to share highly inappropriate images and made very inappropriate comments, both verbally and in the chat box. The teacher tried to remove these students, and ultimately closed down the class."

Virtual academy teachers have been informed of the incident, Smith said, and "are making sure to not admit students into their classes whom they do not immediately recognize."

"Please let your child know that we are doing everything we can to make sure this does not happen again," Smith wrote.

A district spokeswoman confirmed police are investigating.

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