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Fed appeals court upholds Wis. teacher firing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a Wisconsin school board's decision to fire a teacher who briefly viewed pornography on his work computer.

The Cedarburg School Board fired science teacher Robert Zellner in 2006 for pulling up pornographic thumbnail photographs on his screen for 67 seconds on a weekend.

Zellner maintains he was fired because of his ties to the local teachers union. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Zellner clearly accessed pornography in knowing violation of district policy and his retaliation claim is conjecture.

Zellner's attorney says Zellner ran a search for "blonde" because he wanted to see if the school had placed any blocking software on the Internet and he never clicked on the thumbnails. He says he'll consider appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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