A former substitute teacher in Ohio has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after she was found guilty of showing students a graphic horror movie during class.
Sheila Kearns, 58, was convicted in January of four counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The judge reportedly placed her on probation for three years but made the jail time a condition of her probation.
Ms. Kearns apologized in court, saying she was aware of “The ABCs of Death’s” content but hadn’t actually watched it prior to showing it during five separate Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School in April 2013.
“I do love children,” she said during Wednesday’s hearing, The Dispatch reported. “I am sorry. I should have watched the movie.”
The horror-comedy movie consists of 26 chapters, each depicting some form of grisly death and representing a letter of the alphabet, such as “E is for Exterminate,” “O is for Orgasm” and “T is for Toilet,” the Associated Press reported.
A student’s testimony claimed Ms. Kearns did watch the “disturbing” movie, and that students in the class went “crazy” while watching it.
The school district fired Ms. Kearns two months after the incident, and the Ohio Department of Education permanently revoked her substitute-teaching license after she was convicted, The Dispatch reported.
“This is what happens when you put a teacher in a class that she cannot teach,” said Common Pleas Judge Charles A. Schneider before the sentencing. “They put a permanent substitute in a high school Spanish class who can’t speak Spanish at all. Here we are, with the Columbus public schools telling us what wonderful things [they] are doing.”
A district spokesman told The Dispatch that foreign-language substitute teachers are scarce and the school “was unable to find anyone who could teach the language at that time.”