Teacher Convicted For Showing Violent Movie To Students

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A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Yahoo! News has more:

Sheila Kearns showed the film, “The ABCs of Death,” during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School in Columbus in April 2013, prosecutors said. The movie consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death and representing a letter of the alphabet, such as “E is for Exterminate,” ”O is for Orgasm” and “T is for Toilet.”

A jury convicted Kearns of four felony counts on Thursday. The convictions carry possible jail sentences, but Kearns, 58, is expected to get probation when she’s sentenced in March.

Kearns contended she didn’t watch the movie beforehand or while showing it and was unaware of its content, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Her attorney said she never would have knowingly showed it.

But a student testified at Kearns’ trial the teacher did watch the 129-minute movie. The student said the movie was “disturbing” and said students in the class went “crazy” while watching it.

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