A West Virginia high school class had just begun watching the R-rated movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" Wednesday when an assistant principal walked by and put a stop to it.
The Hampshire High School class allegedly persuaded their teacher to allow them to watch the movie as a reward for good work. The teacher reportedly did not know what the film was about.
“Fortunately, an assistant principal walked by and saw what they were doing,” principal Jeff Woofter told the Charleston Daily Mail. “They got there 10 minutes after it started and shut it down.”
Screening movies of any kind is not permitted in Hampshire County school classrooms.
“We don’t do that,” Woofter said.
Woofter did not say whether any students or the teacher would be punished for the incident.
"We're not allowed to discuss discipline," Woofter told the Hampshire Review.
Female junior and senior students are believed to have made the request, according to the Daily Mail.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" has provoked controversy since it was released earlier this year. The film is based on the first in a trilogy of novels, with sexually explicit scenes. The novel has been placed on banned-books lists around the world, the Charleston Daily Mail reports.
The film's release on Valentine's Day weekend saw one of the best turn outs at the box office for an R-rated movie.
Woofter did not name the teacher involved, but made clear that he would have expected more.
“I will say it was an extreme lack of judgment from an otherwise very capable teacher,” Woofter said. “The teacher didn’t do a background check on the movie or even ask about it.”