An eighth-grader from Holiday, Florida, named Domanik Green has been arrested on felony charges after breaking into his teacher’s computer to change the background picture to two men kissing. Now, when we use the word “break in”, what we really mean is “entered the super obvious password placed on the computer set by the school.”
14-Year-old Domanik was released the day of his arrest, and told the media that he accessed the computer of a teacher he didn’t like after realizing that faculty members’ passwords were their last names. Green told The Tampa Bay Times that he had faced a three-day suspension before for a similar prank, and has said that many students have gotten in trouble for accessing their teachers computers.
“Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done,” Sheriff Chris Nocco told the Tampa Bay Times.
It sounds like Domanik isn’t being pushed for what he did but for what he could have done
One of the computers that Domanik accessed had encrypted 2014 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) questions, although police stated that he didn’t view those files.
“If information comes back to us and we get evidence [that other kids have done it], they’re going to face the same consequences,” Sheriff Nocco. said.
Domanik Green stated that it’s not uncommon for students to use administrative accounts to communicate with each other. He said that students would use the school computers’ cameras to see each other during class.
Domanik’s plan went to hell when the teacher whose computer he accessed was out sick that day, and instead, a substitute teacher saw the picture and immediately reported it to the school’s administration.
In addition to criminal charges for accessing an administrative account without permission, Domanik has been suspended for 10 days and it is uncertain whether or not he will return to his school to finish the school year.