Do you want your life ruined? Thought not.
This story popped up on my news feed this evening, and its contents were sobering, and yet not at all surprising. If anything, I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.
A disgruntled maintenance worker at a UK secondary school has been accused of planting child pornography on his boss’ computer in order to have his boss fired and to ruin the man’s life.
The perpetrator allegedly mailed a CD containing child pornography to the police, claiming that it came from his boss’ computer. He also planted child porn on his boss’ laptop and then phoned in an anonymous tip to the police, who seized the laptop and arrested the victim.
Let me make a few things clear:
- THIS IS WHY YOU HAVE A PASSWORD.
- This is why you don’t tell ANYONE your password. NOT EVEN ME.
- This is why you don’t walk away from your workstation without locking it or logging off.
- Lastly, this is why you are in a union.
For school workers in particular, a false accusation like this can easily destroy your career and your life. Don’t make it easy for someone by being an idiot.