Kentucky man investigated for 'Zoom-bombing' school's virtual class

Kentucky man, 45, is investigated for ‘Zoom-bombing’ Louisiana school’s virtual class and hurling racial slur at black fifth-graders before threatening to lynch them

  • Prosecutors allege that Brian Adams, 45, went on a racist tirade against a classroom of mostly black students at Laureate Academy Charter School in Harvey, Louisiana
  • Adams allegedly accessed the virtual lesson via Zoom on October 14, 2020 without permission and told the children ‘You all are a bunch of dirty n****s,’   
  • He also said: ‘I am gonna hang you by the tree,’ as students covered their eyes and ears and cried, prosecutors allege 
  • Investigators were able to track Adams down through his ‘alex jones’ handle and on November 3, 2021 they raided his father’s Paintsville, Kentucky home  
  • While feds have not charged Adams with a crime he is suspected of multiple federal crimes, including interference with federally protected activities
  • A Kentucky man is being investigated for ‘Zoom-bombing’ a virtual class and hurling racial slurs at black fifth-graders before threatening to lynch them. 

    Prosecutors allege that 45-year-old Brian Adams went on a racist tirade against a classroom of mostly black students at Laureate Academy Charter School in Harvey, Louisiana during a lesson via Zoom October 14, 2020, nola.com reported. 

    Adams accessed the virtual lesson without permission under the handle ‘alex jones’ – a nod to the right-wing radio host – and told the children, ‘You all are a bunch of dirty n****s,’ federal court documents filed this month in New Orleans allege. 

    Prosecutors allege that Brian Adams, 45, (pictured) went on a racist tirade against a classroom of mostly black students at Laureate Academy Charter School in Harvey, Louisiana

    Prosecutors allege that Brian Adams, 45, (pictured) went on a racist tirade against a classroom of mostly black students at Laureate Academy Charter School in Harvey, Louisiana

    Students at Laureate Academy Charter School (pictured) covered their eyes and ears and cried during Adams alleged tirade

    Students at Laureate Academy Charter School (pictured) covered their eyes and ears and cried during Adams alleged tirade

    He said: ‘I am gonna hang you by the tree,’ as students covered their eyes and ears and cried, prosecutors allege, citing a recording of the incident. 

    Even after he was banned and teachers created another virtual classroom, prosecutors said he managed to log into that one, too. Adams then continued his tirade until he was permanently removed. 

    After Adams’ ‘Zoom-bombing’, the Harvey school canceled classes for two days.

    The following day students gave school administrators a YouTube video they had found of the incident posted on a page called ‘Arch Angel gaming’. The site also had videos of someone looking up images of swastikas. 

    Since the beginning of lockdown earlier this year there has been an increase in 'Zoombombing'

    Since the beginning of lockdown earlier this year there has been an increase in ‘Zoombombing’

    Investigators were able to track Adams down through his ‘alex jones’ handle and on November 3, 2021, they raided his father’s Paintsville, Kentucky, home where he also lived. 

    After seizing his electronics and being questioned, Adams admitted to the ‘Zoom-bombing’ incident and said he also was behind the YouTube video.

    He confessed to stealing over $1,000 worth of electronics stolen Best Buy rewards points, prosecutors said. 

    While feds have not charged Adams with a crime, court documents said he is suspected of multiple federal crimes, including interference with federally protected activities, threatening interstate communications and wire fraud, nola.com reported.  

    Less after a month after the incident, in November 2020, Zoom launched two security features that allow users to easily remove and report disruptive gatecrashers.

    The features allowed hosts to pause meetings and eject Zoombombers by clicking ‘suspend participant activities’ under the security icon. Another update allowed hosts to report troublesome users directly by clicking the security badge.   

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