Computer issue prompts concerns about school technology safety

Most Mid-Missouri schools use computer filters to prevent students from accessing inappropriate pictures or content, while using school computers.

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The News Tribune asked area schools what steps they take, in the wake of law enforcement efforts to investigate the origins of what were called “inappropriate web images” found on Father Brendan Doyle’s computer last month.

Although originally reported as being a problem with Doyle’s “school” computer, Deacon Dan Joyce — spokesman for the Jefferson City Catholic Diocese — said late last week the investigation actually involves Doyle’s personal computer, which the priest had brought to Helias Catholic High School to be checked after he said it might have a computer virus.

Last week, Joyce explained: “He sought technical assistance, and in viewing the information on the computer, an individual (who) works for Helias found what appeared to be inappropriate web images.”

So church and school officials sent the computer to an as-yet unidentified law enforcement agency, and placed Doyle on paid leave.

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