March 6, 2015 8:30 am -


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…


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19 responses to Ohio Teacher Gets Jail For Showing Graphic Movie In Class

  1. jybarz March 6th, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Wow, a shortage crisis for Spanish language teacher. The US must already have deported all the undocumented back to South America. Let’s blame President Obama.

    I wonder which is more harmful to yound minds: Horror Movies or Porn Movies.

    • dave-dr-gonzo March 6th, 2015 at 8:54 am

      At least she didn’t show a John Wayne movie, in which John Wayne plays John Wayne playing some archetypal patriotic manly man.

      • Bunya March 6th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

        But that’s what is needed in schools today. It teaches young boy how to use firearms to defend oneself, whereas movies like “The Birdcage” teach children how to be gay. And c’mon. Which would you rather have? A son who can kill, or a son who’s gay.
        Now remember, before you answer, God didn’t say anything in the bible about owning firearms.

        • Carla Akins March 6th, 2015 at 1:58 pm

          Birdcage does a better job of showing a healthy family unit and their normal interaction. I love John Wayne movies, but they have no basis in real life.

        • Dwendt44 March 6th, 2015 at 7:11 pm

          In fact, it almost advocates killing.

          • Red Mann March 6th, 2015 at 9:47 pm


    • Dwendt44 March 6th, 2015 at 11:42 am

      Horror movies are far worse than porn.

      • jasperjava March 6th, 2015 at 12:38 pm

        Porn can be very educational.

        • Carla Akins March 6th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

          oh so many comments to be made here….

    • Bunya March 6th, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Porn movies, fer sure, are more harmful because, y’know, they may give young kids “ideas”.

  2. arc99 March 6th, 2015 at 10:24 am

    She should have brought a gun to school, neglect to secure it and make it easy for one of the students to find it, then accidentally kill himself.

    Then it would be just a “regrettable accident” with no criminal charges at all.

    Show a movie, go to jail.

    A kid dies because of carelessness, oops that’s life.

    Only in America.

  3. fahvel March 6th, 2015 at 10:44 am

    oh fooey, just a different approach to language.

  4. majii March 6th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I taught high school for 33 years, and I know that whatever was in the movie, most of the kids had probably already been exposed to by watching other movies, playing video games, reading about it, or witnessing it in real life. Granted, Sheila Kearns shouldn’t have shown the movie, and she should have been fired, but I don’t think she should have been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Most people who don’t work in the field of education have no idea how many things most of our kids already know that we wish they didn’t know. Many of the kids these days are not the kind of kids we were 30 + years ago.

    • Carla Akins March 6th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      I get that she was fired, even that her certificate was revoked, but it seems like an overreaction but what criminal act did she commit. Good grief. We had a local guy get his 10th DUI and he got 72hours in county lockup.

  5. pinballsdoll March 6th, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    wow, putting her in jail seems a little excessive

    • tracey marie March 6th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      I disagree, a film of death and killing is not something to promote

  6. Red Mann March 6th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    What actual evidence did they have to prove that “disseminating matter harmful to juveniles” was actually true?

  7. Ronald L March 6th, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    This reminds me of my own school experience from the 70s. A teacher ran a lunch-time movie club. For a small fee, we could watch a half hour of a movie while we at lunch.

    When he was out getting a smoke (or whatever) one movie turned pornographic!

    But, he wasn’t fired and certainly not jailed. We thought it was pretty great and none of us were hurt.

  8. burqa March 7th, 2015 at 3:33 am

    OP: “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.””

    Anyone else seeing the contradiction here?
    She kept showing it, so it wasn’t that she didn’t see it, it’s that she was too damned stupid to both view it ahead of time and to realize during the first showing that she was doing something wrong.