Parents were left outraged after footage of a man getting a little too comfortable found its way to a class full of kids, in what he’s said was a “horrible mistake”.
A teacher’s aide who was seen masturbating during a Zoom lesson with kids has avoided being charged after claiming being caught was down to “dumb luck”.
Marc Schack – a staffer at Montgomery County Public Schools in Gaithersburg, Maryland – was captured on video engaging in “inappropriate behaviour”.
Shortly before Schack, a special education educator, reportedly turned around to masturbate, he was working with a history class for Shady Grove Middle School students.
Speaking with Bethesda Magazine on Wednesday morning, Schack claimed he had thought he was logged out of the Zoom session when the class concluded.
He explained that he didn’t know his camera was still on.
“I had no clue that Zoom was still on. Why would I do that?
“That’s my job. My career. I had no clue that Zoom was on. I mean, that’s just crazy behaviour.”
Schack, who said he worked for MCPS for 21 years, also claimed he “didn’t do anything intentional”, calling his actions a “horrible mistake.”
He revealed he’s now on administrative leave, according to the Bethesda Beat.
Shady Grove Middle School principal Alana Murray had sent out a letter to parents to inform them about a staffer who “engaged in inappropriate behaviour”, a local Fox affiliate reported.
She urged students “who may have this video posted on social media platforms” to “take down the content and refrain from sharing with other students”.
Murray told the news outlet that an investigation was under way.
As Schack was interviewed by Fox 5, he explained: “I don’t know what else to say. I just found out today. I’m pretty disturbed about the whole situation.
“I didn’t do anything intentionally, not malicious. I meant no harm because I didn’t even know I was on the recording.
“I’m a good guy, you know. I was just in privacy of my own home and I didn’t mean any ill will. I didn’t do anything on purpose.”
He said was contacted by the school administration on Monday to inform him of his status.
Schack also reportedly was told the school system “misplaced his background check file”.
He claimed he learned about the video two days after he was contacted by the school and insisted he was “not a pervert”.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission