An online event for Year 7 pupils has been hacked by several men who exposed themselves.
Police are investigating after the suspects “committed lewd acts and made threats” towards the children from six schools in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, on Tuesday morning.
The youngsters had been invited to join an author event arranged by Reading Rampage.
But when they logged on they were shocked to see a group of undressed men, Yorkshire Live reported.
A parent whose child clicked on the link said: “A few kids obviously clicked the link the teacher sent over and there were loads of foreign men stood totally naked with their private parts in their hands.”
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The Laurel Academy said it could not provide a formal statement while the incident was under investigation by police.
However, in a letter sent to parents, Richard Brooke, Laurel Academy’s principal, said: "We are aware of an issue with an online external event attended by some of our Year 7 students today.
“We are taking steps with the external provider."
South Yorkshire Police added in a statement: 'We received a call yesterday (9 February) at 11am reporting an online session, being hosted externally to a number of Doncaster schools, being hacked by two men.
“It is believed they committed lewd acts and made threats towards the children attending the session.
“Enquiries are on-going to ascertain the circumstances and find those responsible."
A Delta Academies Trust spokesperson said: “We have spoken to the parents concerned, offered support to any students affected, and have taken measures to prevent it happening again.”
A Reading Rampage spokesperson added: “In a rapidly unfolding sequence of events, the author’s presentation was sabotaged and our meeting controls over-ridden. We aborted the session as quickly as we could.
“We and the author are absolutely devastated that some of the children experienced this inappropriate incident, during what should have been a positive and inspiring event.
A Zoom spokesperson said: “We have been deeply upset to hear about these types of incidents, and Zoom strongly condemns such behaviour.
"We have recently updated a number of default settings and added features to help hosts more easily access in-meeting security controls, including controlling screen sharing, removing and reporting participants, and locking meetings, among other actions.
"We have also been educating users on security best practices for setting up their meetings, including recommending that users avoid sharing private meeting links and passwords publicly on websites, social media, or other public forums, and encouraging anyone hosting large-scale or public events to utilise Zoom’s webinar solution.”
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