OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — The resident trooper’s car was parked at the Region 18 school department a few times Friday because state police are trying to track down the person who sent the emails described by the superintendent as crude and vulgar.
“There were three different emails and they tended to be cruder and cruder each time they came through,” says Ian Nevaiser the Superintendent of Schools for Region 18.
Nevaiser started receiving the emails sent to all students and staff while he was at Wednesday night’s board of education meeting. Almost immediately the email system was shut down and they began deleting the messages which came from a high school teacher’s account.
“The teacher is very embarrassed and upset,” says Nevaiser. “Rightfully so. But the teacher does not have any clue who might have done this.”
Eric Haskins who graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High suspects it could be a student.
“Oh yeah,” says Haskins. “No like a hundred percent there’s no way it’s not.”
“Oh absolutely yeah it’s a high school student,” says Alexandra Von Raab.
She has a five and ten year old in the school system.
“I think there’s also a lesson to be learned there for the kids,” says Von Raab who is a teacher. “They could you know the school could use it as some sort of teachable moment to let them know you have to be really careful on the internet.”
The superintendent agrees. He sent out his own email to parents explaining the situation. It says “Should you or your student receive one of these inappropriate emails, please delete it immediately.”
“It happens,” says Haskins. “It happens everyday and security should be a little bit higher.”
Extra levels of security are being added to the email accounts. Among the possibilities police are looking into is that the teacher’s password may have been stolen.
“There may be some disciplinary action if it were a student,” says Nevaiser. “I couldn’t say what that was though.”
The superintendent says the email system should up and running again by the end of the day on Friday.