Teacher’s aide caught in sexual act during 8th grade zoom lesson chalks it up to ‘dumb luck’

An eighth-grade teacher’s aide in Maryland is blaming “dumb luck” for him being caught masturbating during a virtual Zoom class …

During the class Monday with special needs students at Shady Grove Middle School, paraeducator Marc Schack stood up, stepped away from his desk and then took it out.

According to Bethesda Magazine, a news magazine for Montgomery County, the 13-second incident happened as Schack signed off — or thought he was signing off — and someone else ostensibly took over the “meeting.”

“During that time, his name appears on the screen as the host of the virtual link. After several seconds, another name comes up on the screen as taking over as the host,” the magazine explained in a report published Tuesday.

“I thought I was logged out when class was over. I had no clue that Zoom was still on. Why would I do that? That’s my job. I had no clue that Zoom was on. I mean, that’s just crazy behavior. It was just a mistake on my part. I’m only human. It was my bad,” Schack complained to the magazine.

Some might argue that choosing to masturbate right after hosting a class with eighth-grade boys and girls, who tend to be around 13 to 14 years of age, is also “crazy behavior.”

Though to be clear, Schack has denied that his masturbation had involved the kids.

“I’m not a pervert or anything like that, you know. You gotta believe me on that. I thought I was in the privacy of my own home. I had no clue,” he said.

Speaking with Washington, D.C. station WTTG, Schack went on to attribute himself being seen masturbating to “dumb luck.”

“It was just dumb luck that I happened to be on when it happened,” he said.

Uh huh ….

Listen:

“It was not done intentionally. I had no clue that I was on video. I don’t know what else to say. I just found out today. I’m pretty disturbed about the whole situation. I didn’t do anything intentionally, not malicious,” he continued.

“I meant no harm because I didn’t even know I was on the recording. I’m a good guy, you know. I was just in privacy of my own home and I didn’t mean any ill will. I didn’t do anything on purpose,” he said.

A 21-year Montgomery County Public Schools veteran, Schack is now afraid he might lose his job, though thus far the administration hasn’t fired him.

An MCPS spokesperson told Bethesda Magazine that for the time, being he’s been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

The way in which Schack learned of the investigation is a bit confusing.

“Schack said the school system called him on Monday to say he was being placed on administrative leave, telling him they had ‘misplaced his background check file,'” Bethesda Magazine reported.

“Maybe they were looking to see if I had any criminal misbehavior or anything like that,”  Schack said to the magazine.

What’s odd is that the district didn’t mention the video specifically until Wednesday.

(Source: WTTG)

Meanwhile, local authorities and the State Attorney’s Office also “conferred” on the matter but decided to drop it because “it was determined that the incident did not rise to the level of a criminal offense under Maryland law,” according reportedly to a statement from the Montgomery County Police.

That said, a large chunk of the public seems unconvinced by his claim that his masturbation had nothing to do with the children.

Look:

According to Bethesda Magazine, Schack is indeed — as noted in the latter tweet above — a children’s performer for Pirate Magic, a company that throws private parties …

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Vivek Saxena

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