A substitute teacher from Columbus, Ohio, is on trial after repeatedly showing the graphic horror movie The ABCs of Death to her young Spanish classes.
Fifty-eight-year-old Sheila Kearns’ trial began on Monday in Common Pleas Court. She has been charged with five felonies of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.
The former substitute teacher was working for Columbus City schools when she showed the horror film, which is packed with graphic sex and disturbing violence, to five Spanish classes in East High School.
However, Kearns’ lawyer, Geoffrey Oglesby, insists that she wasn’t aware just how explicit The ABCs of Death was, and she didn’t learn how controversial it was until after the quintet of classes had seen it.
Oglesby explained that Kearns had her back to the screen while The ABCs of Death was being shown to her students, which meant that she remained unaware of the film’s substance.
Kearns showed The ABCs of Death because she believed that it was in Spanish and would assist their learning of the language. And while Oglesby is adamant that Kearns made a huge mistake in showing the film to the class, he doesn’t think it should turn into a crime.
“It was a mistake that the state wants to turn into a crime.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Assistant Prosecutor Kacey Chappelear explained that on April 11, 2013, Kearns showed the movie during five class periods to students aged between 14 and 18.
Chappelear admitted that the farce only came to a halt after the assistant principal walked into the room. At this point Kearns tried to pause the film but she only she succeeded in stopping it “with bare female breasts on the screen.”
The ABCs Of Death is an anthology horror film that consists of 26 short films made by different directors. They were each given a letter of the alphabet and then told to pick a word that would help to create a story involving death. For example: A is for Apocalypse, B is for Bigfoot, and D is for dogfoot. The film features scenes that include “full frontal nudity, masturbation, ejaculate, feces, and vomit.”
It’s believed that some of the students who were privy to The ABCs Of Death are going to testify during Kearns’ trial.
If she’s found guilty, each of the charges will see Kearns spend up to one year in prison and pay a fine of $2,500.
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