Online learning is in full swing as students across the U.S. return to class during the coronavirus pandemic.
Navigating this new normal has come with challenges, however, amid reports of hackers hijacking virtual lessons to troll students with illicit images, messages and threats.
“While we were waiting for everything to start, all of a sudden it began,” Ariela Colon of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, said of the moment her daughter’s kindergarten orientation was “Zoombombed” on Thursday. She told WYOU-TV they heard a man’s voice using racial slurs and cursing.
“Then they started messaging us in the chat saying that he was going to rape our children and dropping the F bomb and talking about Mexicans,” Colon told the news station. “My daughter was like, ‘What’s going on mom? Why is my school doing that?’ I had to send her away.”
Schools have seen increased instances of “Zoombombing,” which occurs when hackers