“Let the punishment fit the crime” seems to be a concept lost on administrators at Paul Smith Middle School in Holiday, Florida.
14-year-old Domanik Green has been charged with a felony cybercrime — offense against a computer system and unauthorized access — for pranking a teacher he doesn’t like by swapping out the teacher’s desktop image for one of two men kissing.
The teen reportedly “shoulder surfed” the teacher’s computer password, which wasn’t hard to do seeing as it happened to be the instructor’s last name (come on, Teach). He then used it to trespass into the network and change the image.
Local authorities are using the incident as a warning. “Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said, adding that, “If information comes back to us and we get evidence, [other students will] face the same consequences.”
Dominik was given a 10 day suspension and detained for questioning, partly because the computer he accessed had sensitive materials on it — the questions to Florida state exams. District officials have said the boy did not open those files, however.
via Tampa Bay Times