Student tells on math teacher allegedly watching porn; what happens next is disturbing and caught on tape

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A West Virginia teacher is under investigation for yelling at a 13-year-old student who’d allegedly caught him watching porn on his notebook computer.

Jeffrey Province said he was the first student to arrive at his math class at East Bank Middle School on Tuesday and observed his teacher, Thomas Yohn, gazing at his computer, according to WOWK 13 News.

“I saw something no 13-year-old should ever see in a school,” the sixth grader told the station.

From there, Province went directly to the school principal to report what he’d seen.

The math teacher barged into the student’s English class later in the day and berated Province in front of his classmates, according to cell phone video taken by another student.

“Next time you open your big stinking mouth pal I will write you up and send you to the office for coming into my room without permission,” Yohn can be heard shouting. “Is that clear?”

His next statement sounded as if it were an admission.

“What I watch as an adult is my choice, you as a child will wait in the hall until you’re invited into my room, is that clear?”

He then accused the boy of blackmail.

“He tried to blackmail me, he said ‘oh Mr. Yohn’ he said, ‘I’m going to get an A this quarter or I’m going to tell that you’re watching inappropriate things on TV and I saw it.'”

Province denies that he’d tried to blackmail Yohn.

His mother, Carmelene Short, said she was never informed of what had happened, but only learned of the events on social media.

“His Grandpa said you need to get on Facebook and watch this video and when I did I was shocked,” Short said.

She said that later school officials informed her that Yohn was under suspension pending an investigation. Her son said he can’t imagine returning to school if he resumes teaching.

“I was afraid that he would do something to hurt me because I told on him and I might make him lose his job,” Province said. “So that’s pretty much the reason why I’m scared.”

His mother feels let down by the school system.

“He is supposed to be safe at school and this should have never happened, at all,” Short said. “I don’t talk to my kid like that and he is not going to talk to my kid like that.”

The station reported this update to the story:

Ron Duerring, Superintendent of Kanawha County Board of Education, told 13 News that when they searched Yohn’s computer they found nothing questionable, but they are still investigating the situation.

 

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