No longer sparkling

The popular site for teacher resources, Sparklebox, has been shut down. I am grateful to bloggers  Julie and Brenden for this information.

Here is an extract from Brenden’s blog summarising the reasons why this site is no longer available:

The owner and operator of Sparklebox, Samuel Kinge (formerly Daniel Kinge), was accused of and found guilty of making and possessing indecent images of children, including the “abuse of babies”. What we know so far is that he was discovered with over 400 of these images, but the media are still picking up the news so there may be more to come. Samuel was sentenced on the 8th of January 2010 to one year in prison, of which he will serve 6 months, and restricted internet use for 15 years. He had previous similar offenses, more details below. After the previous offence, he faked his own death using a social networking site (posting “Daniel Kinge died on November 18”) in order to change his name and reinvent himself.

That’s life in the 21st century unfortunately.

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