Incidents of this sort are becoming commonplace - yet no one seems to learn.
The arrest of seven southeast Texas men in connection with an Internet child
pornography investigation prompted Houston Independent School District officials
to look into whether their employees had been using district computers to log
on to the site involved in the case.
None had. But then they decided to extend the search to adult porn web sites.
Sure enough, Kenneth Goeddeke, the "respected and well-liked" principal
of a local middle school, was found to be using his office computer to log on
to a porn site, sometimes for longer than an hour, according to an account in
the Houston Chronicle.
Goeddeke was forced to resign last month. His departure was followed days later
by the forced resignation of school district police officer Joseph Hernandez,
who had been viewing adult porn sites in his office, said HISD spokeswoman
Bill Edwards, assistant superintendent of technology for the school system,
sounded exasperated with his colleagues. "These are educators. Give me
a break," he told the Chronicle. "What you do at home on your own
time is your business. But this was at taxpayers' expense, taxpayers' time.
What's the deal?"