DERRY, N.H. - An expired link from the school district's Web site has been removed after a town official clicked on it and landed at a porn site.
The site originally provided information about "Save Our Schools," a committee created by residents who supported new school construction. The advocacy group didn't renew its ownership of the domain name after the town voted in March 2003 to expand its middle school and build a new elementary school, leaving the domain name available for a pornography company to scoop up.
"It's embarrassing, but inadvertent," Superintendent John Moody said.
Tracy Graham, a district technology coordinator, agreed.
"It's a very common occurrence," she said. "(Porn companies) go to places that seem innocent enough ... What happened is not a security breach. There was no mucking with our site."
The site's new opening page does not include pornographic material; it warns, however, that further passage on the site will indeed include explicit content. It also notes that the domain name is for sale.
"If you're not constantly checking link beyond link beyond link, this could happen," Graham said. "Or even just (one) link. That could happen to every Web site."