Court upholds teacher’s conviction for showing violent movie


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has upheld the felony conviction of a former substitute teacher who was sentenced to three months in jail for showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class.

Sheila Kearns previously apologized. She said she didn’t watch “The ABCs of Death” before showing it to her Spanish classes at Columbus’ East High School in April 2013. The movie has 26 chapters depicting grisly death, such as “E is for Exterminate.”

Kearns was convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. A 2-1 decision from the Tenth District Court of Appeals affirmed that last week.

Attorney Geoffrey Oglesby says that Kearns’ poor judgment was unintentional. He says they’ll ask the appeals court to reconsider and might take the case to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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