A Highland Junior High School student in Gilbert reportedly hacked into the e-mail system of a teacher and sent inappropriate messages to other students, parents, and staff.

According to Gilbert Public Schools, the student got access to the teacher's login information and e-mailed pornographic images over the weekend.

"You could say the student was trying to embarrass the teacher," school board member Daryl Colvin said.

The district said the technology department "quickly" disabled the teacher and student accounts.

A letter from the Highland Junior High School principal said two messages were sent out before the accounts were deactivated.

The principal said she was "sickened by the horrible act."

A district spokeswoman said the school installed content filters to block inappropriate material, but acknowledged, "... filtering and monitoring solutions are fallible."

The school's recent decision to buy Chromebook computers for each student was controversial.

"My biggest concern was students accessing porn," Gilbert resident April Pinger said.

"Now we see how inadequate the system is to filter out the pornography," she added.

Gilbert Public Schools reported the incident to both Gilbert Police and the FBI.

"I'd hate to have this ruin someone's life," Colvin said, "but maybe it's someone who's a gifted hacker who doesn't realize the consequences of what they did,"

You can read the letter to parents below or by clicking here.

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