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High school teacher’s lingerie search appears on projector during class

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Some parents in San Diego are upset over what one high school math teacher was doing during class.

One day, the students were taking a test but when they looked up, the class overhead projector was showing photos in lingerie as the teacher surfed eBay.

Their first impulse was to pull out their cell phones and start recording. Now that teacher is on administrative leave.

"You can tell he is utterly bored being in the classroom," Catherine Castillo, a parent. "He never even looked up."

Apparently so bored, this math teacher turns to online shopping. If he only looked up, he might have noticed his computer was still connected to the class projector.

Students put it on social media and it quickly spread. One site captioned the video with the title "Alge-bra."

"So, there's more than one student filming this. Evidently it's been a running joke ever since," Castillo said. But this mom isn't laughing.

Castillo says the principal sent out this email Tuesday afternoon, even though it happened last week.

"They just said it's a personnel issue and we can't discuss it and we wanted to let you guys know before the news got a hold of it, so basically they were covering their butts," Castillo said.

The letter doesn't include the teacher's name but 10-News sources confirm it's Paul Swanson.

He's on administrative leave but Castillo thinks he should be fired.

 

"If he can't control his web surfing for lingerie around impressionable teenagers?"
Castillo said. "Even if he hadn't had the projector on what if one of the students had walked up and saw that on his screen?"

We tried to talk to the teacher, but his front gate was padlocked. A former student says he deserves a second chance."It shouldn't have been happening with minors or anything like that, he should know better. That being said, there was no nudity or anything, it was just lingerie."

"It shouldn't have been happening with minors or anything like that, he should know better. That being said, there was no nudity or anything, it was just lingerie," the student said.

The principal for Mira Mesa High issued a statement saying:

"The teacher is currently on administrative leave while the incident is thoroughly looked into. Because this is a personnel issue, neither the school nor district can comment on specifics. It is important to let the investigation process run its course without speculation."