8th Grader Facing Felony Charges For Changing Teacher’s Screensaver To 2 Men Kissing

A middle school student has been charged with a cybercrime on Wednesday after police say he logged into the school’s secure computer network and changed the background image on a teacher’s computer to one showing two men kissing.

Eighth-grader Domanik Green, 14, of Paul R. Smith Middle School in Holiday, Florida, was arrested and charged with offense against a computer system and unauthorized access, a felony charge. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said the teen logged onto the school’s network on March 31 using an administrative-level password without permission.

“Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done,” Nocco said.

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According to the teen, he was just trying to play a prank on a teacher he didn’t like. He says students would often log into the administrative account to screen-share with their friends and use the computers’ cameras to see each other.

Green said he was able to access the computer network because the password was easy to remember: a teacher’s last name. He said he discovered it by watching the teacher type it in.

Tampa Bay Times adds:

Green said that on the morning in question, he accessed the computer that stored the FCAT files and, realizing that computer didn’t have a camera, found another.

“So I logged out of that computer and logged into a different one and I logged into a teacher’s computer who I didn’t like and tried putting inappropriate pictures onto his computer to annoy him,” Green said.

The teacher he was targeting was out that day. Instead, the substitute teacher saw the picture and reported it to the school’s administration.

The teen’s mother, Eileen Foster, said she understands her son did something wrong, but doesn’t think he needed to be arrested. Also, she said, it shouldn’t have been so easy for students to access the system.

The school district is in the process of changing the network password, district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said.

Green was released on Wednesday from Land O’Lakes Detention Center into the custody of his mother and also received a 10-day school suspension.

Thanks for keeping us safe from ‘dangerous’ teenage cybercriminals, Florida!