‘Paddington’ screening at primary school interrupted by ‘deeply inappropriate’ porn pop-up

A primary school has launched an investigation after children aged 9 and 10 were accidentally exposed to a pornographic image during an attempted screening of Paddington.

Croft Academy in Walsall issued a public statement with the title “Failure of web content filtering” after the incident, which took place last week.

“On Friday 26th January a member of staff was attempting to show an extract from the movie Paddington to children in year 5 when a deeply inappropriate pornographic pop-up image appeared on the screen,” it read.

“The member of staff concerned immediately closed the pop-up window and reported the incident to the school Principal, Mark Davis.

“The Principal, following the academy’s procedures, informed the Local Authority Designated Officer, parents of the children affected, the academy trust and the school’s IT service provider.”

It continued: “The school has web content filtering software designed to stop incidents such as this and at present, it is unclear why it failed to work on this occasion.

“The school’s IT service provider is conducting a review of the software and devices in the school. Whilst the school is conducting its own review of the incident.”

Related: Why the mighty Paddington 2 deserves to win all the BAFTAs

Based on Michael Bond’s classic children’s character and released in 2014, the live-action/CGI family movie Paddington was a massive commercial and critical hit, spawning last year’s equally well-received sequel Paddington 2.

Paul King returned as director and screenwriter, and as well as reuniting leads Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins, the follow-up also added Hugh Grant to the cast.

The film has earned three nominations at the 2018 BAFTAs, for Best British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Grant.

While a third movie has not yet been officially confirmed, StudioCanal has already announced its intention to make one and producer David Heyman recently revealed that discussions have begun about ideas and locations.