This is not surprising. When I, as a school librarian, was put in charge of our network, there was a 13-year-old running it. Of course, it took me two years to realize he was running it. :-)
Let's see, in 2007, the previous network administrator at Master Penn's school was running a bunch of Windows 98 machines with no filtering and no anti-virus protection. Hmmm. Well, I note that this is a Baptist school; perhaps they relied on fervent prayer to keep their network safe. Which, come to think of it, is pretty much my approach.
>>> On 3/30/2008 at 1:46 PM, Steve Cavrak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 11-Year-Old Becomes Network Admin for Alabama School
> Posted by Soulskill on Sunday March 30, @11:19AM
> from the hope-he's-salaried dept.
> Security News
> alphadogg points out a story about 11-year-old Jon Penn, who took
> over control of a 60-computer school network in Alabama after the old
> administrator suddenly left. Penn provides technical support, selects
> software, and teaches his classmates about computers.
> From NetworkWorld:
> "The first thing Jon found as he leapt into the role of network
> manager was that he had to map out the network to find out what was
> on it. He bought some tools for this at CompUSA and realized there
> was an ungodly amount of computer viruses and spam, so he pressed the
> school to invest in filtering and antivirus protection. 'These
> computers are so old they don't support all antivirus programs,' Penn
> says. The school took advantage of a Microsoft effort called Fresh
> Start that offers free software upgrades for schools with donated
> computers, switching from Windows 98 to Windows 2000."
> Article :
> Ellen Messmer , 11-year-old takes school network by the horns,
> Network World , 03/27/2008
> Slideshow :
> How an 11-year-old became his school's network manager
> Six-grader Penn took control of the network reins after the existing
> network overseer left right before the start of the school year and
> Penn's mom Paula, the school librarian, had computing duties dropped
> in her lap.