A Florida man “Zoom-bombed” a middle school math class in Orange County, Florida, last week, and exposed himself to the students.
The Apopka Police Department is investigating but has not yet determined who the intruder was who interrupted the Wolf Lake Middle School virtual class.
Alexis Neely told News 6 her 14-year-old son was in the online classroom when the incident took place.
“He told me that when they were in class, all of a sudden, a man came on the screen who was naked and had exposed himself to all the kids,” Neely said.
In a memo sent to parents, Principal Cynthia Haupt said school administration “handled the situation” but did not offer any details.
As the coronavirus pandemic spreads and schools are closed down, many classrooms have gone virtual. But with that technological step comes some difficulties.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, federal authorities have been warning about security weaknesses in the popular video conferencing app Zoom that allows such “Zoom-bombing” to take place. Both the company and law enforcement officials have provided suggestions for tightening security, including using the “waiting room” feature and requiring a password to enter a virtual meeting.
News 6 looked into other school systems in Florida to see how they were handling online instruction. Most were using a different app to provide instruction, but at least one — Brevard County public schools — said they asked teachers not to do live video sessions.
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