Painesville parents looking for answers after porn shows up on daughter’s school-issued laptop

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PAINSEVILLE, Ohio - Parents of a seventh grader want answers after graphic images and hardcore pornography turned up on their daughter's school-issued Chromebook.

“I was just mortified at the things that were looked at on this computer,” said Shannon Carducci.

Shannon and her husband, Jeff Carducci, contacted the Riverside Local School District Thursday after their 12-year-old daughter showed them the website searches and pictures.

Shannon said the Chromebook was just returned to the little girl after the district's IT department sent it out to a third party for repairs.

“We turned it in on 19th of November and this stuff was accessed as of November 20th,” said Shannon, “So why was this fixed in 24 hours, but not returned for three weeks?”

Their daughter attends LaMuth Middle School in Painseville and is on the honor roll.

She told her parents right away and they reported it to the district.

Jeff Carducci said his family shares the same password at home so that there is full transparency and they can monitor their children's online activities.

He said the web searches were extremely vulgar and upsetting to everyone, and he hopes the district can track down the culprit.

He said he understands passcodes can be stolen and students' accounts can be accessed through the cloud, but they do not think that's what happened in this case.

Other adult searches also appeared in the web history, including several on horse racing and racetracks.

Superintendent James Kalis said they are taking the matter very seriously, as outlined in this statement:

Chromebooks and other technology are useful instructional tools, but unfortunately these devices also present some challenges. Our district, like many others, has deployed filters to block access to inappropriate material, however these filters do not extend beyond our school property. In this particular case, we immediately informed our technology department and our School Resource Officer so that they can begin to investigate why this happened and to take corrective measures. All of our students have been taught to be mindful of their digital footprint, Internet safety, and never to share passwords as well.

A meeting is planned for Friday morning with the family, school administrators and investigators.