PORN shown to primary school pupils as Paddington screening goes badly wrong

Year 5 pupils were shown the adult footage after a 'failure in IT filters' at a Walsall academy.

Croft Academy said a filter failure was to blame for porn being shown to pupils
Croft Academy said a filter failure was to blame for porn being shown to pupils

Parents have been left 'disgusted' after a video showing porn popped up during a primary school screening of Paddington Bear.

Shocked nine and 10-year-old pupils at Croft Academy in Walsall were watching the film Paddington 2 during 'Golden Time' when inappropriate footage was shown.

The school said in a letter to parents and carers that there was a ‘failure in our filters’ which led to the children seeing the video.

A parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I was absolutely disgusted to hear it from my child’s mouth, to know he has been shown this.

"You do not expect to have it in a school, you try your best to prevent it at home.

“Some children take it with a pinch of salt but other kids are traumatised.”

The full letter sent to parents and carers by the school

A letter home to the parents of the Year Five pupils reads: ‘During Year 5's Golden Time today, whilst watching 'Paddington Bear' we had a failure in our filters. An inappropriate image came up.

“The school has strict measures in place to prevent such images from appearing.”

But some parents were unhappy with the way they were told about the incident and think there should have been a text message sent out to arrange a meeting.

The parent added: “We were all disgusted considering the children had to tell us.

“Parents are annoyed that we were made aware by giving a letter to the Year Five students, who can read, so it is not only wrong to see it but they have to repeat it.

“We asked a member of staff if they had even watched the film beforehand and they had not.”

According to parents, the school has not apologised yet and there has been no information to help guide the parents on how to deal with it.

It is believed the clip came up as the film was being streamed from the web.

A spokesman from the school said: “An issue with web content filtering software occurred on Friday afternoon.

“The issue has been reported to the Trust, the Local Authority Designated Officer and the service provider, in accordance with academy procedures. An investigation is under way and to comment any further would be inappropriate at this point.”

A meeting is being held today between teachers and parents at the school to discuss what happened.

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