Pornography in Wichita Schools

By: Paul Aker
By: Paul Aker

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Parents expect schools to be free from inappropriate material, but in Wichita schools, pornography is only a mouse click away.

The school district's plan to put pornography blockers in place by the beginning of this school year have been delayed.

Chari Sowers works as a human pornography filter. As Northwest High School's computer specialist, Sowers tries to block the tide of x-rated pictures flowing into the school by manually blocking pornography sites. She says it's impossible to block every inappropriate site.

KAKE News found pornography within seconds of logging on at Northwest. While some sites popped-up with obvious adult key words, many relied on innocent addresses any school-aged child may enter. The word "cheerleader" brought sex sites to the school computer, so did the words "softball" and "locker."

Northwest students are not the only ones exposed to porn in the classroom. A district spokeswoman says schools throughout Wichita have either inadequate filters or none at all.

Officials say a new $30,000 centralized computer filter will be up by the end of October, but even it won't completely effective.

All area districts require students to sign an agreement promising they will not intentionally try to access pornography sites.

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