A former Columbus City Schools substitute teacher was convicted this morning of four felony counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, reports The Columbus Dispatch.
The madness began when a substitute teacher showed Drafthouse Films and Magnet Releasing’s The ABCs of Death to several Spanish classes at East High School in Columbus, Ohio. She claims she did not watch the movie prior to showing the classes, and thought the film was in Spanish. The best part is: she claims she had her back turned each time she showed the film, and was unaware of what was on the screen. I hope she actually got convicted of being a fuckin idiot.
Adds the site:
Kearns’ defense focused on her claims that she was unaware of the movie’s content. Under the law, a person guilty of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles must do so “with knowledge of its character or content.”
After the jurors were excused, the jury foreman told The Dispatch that while it wasn’t proven that she was aware of the content when she showed the movie to the first class, she would have figured it out by the time she showed it to the next four classes. That’s why the jury acquitted her of the first count and convicted her of the other four, Riley Gilson said.
Judge Charles Schneider scheduled sentencing for March 4. The maximum penalty for each felony count is one year in prison and a $2,500 fine. However, probation is the presumed penalty for the low-level felony.
Kearns, 58, showed the movie to students ranging in age from 14 to 18 on April 11, 2013…
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