Nude image accidentally shown to Scott Middle School students

2010-10-06T08:00:00Z 2010-10-06T09:57:45Z Nude image accidentally shown to Scott Middle School studentsBy KEVIN ABOUREZK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
October 06, 2010 8:00 am  • 

As a photo of a nude woman flashed briefly on the classroom screen Friday, the substitute teacher realized something was wrong.

Later that day, Scott Middle School Principal Dave Knudsen sent a letter to parents of Jenn Rodysill's eighth-grade drama class explaining the incident.

He said Rodysill was attending a professional workshop Friday and had left instructions for her substitute to play the video "Beautiful Losers," which depicts the development of graffiti artists and street musicians who have influenced fashion, music and pop culture.

Playing the video required the substitute to click on an Internet link, Knudsen said Tuesday. When a student helping the substitute went to the website where the link could be found, the student found two links.

As it turns out, one of the links was to an edited version of the unrated film, while the other was to the unedited version.

The student clicked on the unedited version.

"It was more kind of a mistake, an error, than an error in judgment," Knudsen said, adding he doesn't plan to take disciplinary action against anyone involved.

He said the nude photo in the film was shown in the context of an artistic couple who had taken photos of themselves as younger people in order to remember what they looked like when they got older.

"It wasn't porn at all," Knudsen said. "It was just sort of a flash, and that's when the sub realized" and stopped the video.

However, the nearly 30 students in the class also saw and heard inappropriate imagery and words of a less graphic nature than the nude photo, he said. After learning of the incident Friday, Knudsen met with some of the students.

"None of the students that I had visited with were upset or felt like they had been offended by what had happened," he said. "They understood."

He said he informed parents about the film because, as a parent himself, he would have wanted to know what happened. However, he said, he hasn't heard from any outraged parents about the incident.

With social media, films and the Internet, most of the students in the class probably didn't see or hear anything in the film that was new to them, Knudsen said.

"Especially the language piece, it probably isn't anything they haven't seen or heard," he said.

Reach Kevin Abourezk at 402-473-7225 or kabourezk@journalstar.com.

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