A massive sexting ring is rocking a high school with at least 100 pupils posting them on social networking and trading bare photographs, news reports said Friday.
The students, a lot of whom are around the football team at Canon City High School, could now face criminal charges, reports said.
The school district announced Wednesday that “a quantity of our students have engaged in behaviour in the place where 100 students take and pass along photos of themselves that exhibit private parts of the bodies or their undergarments.”
Noting that a “large number” of the high school football team players were implicated int he scandal, the district said it was canceling the high school’s last football game of the season.
“Because we can not ensure that every kid we put out on the field would be clean of this condition, we would just rather not put a team out at all,” Canon City Schools Superintendent George Welsh told NBC television affiliate KOAA.
Noting it first learned of the behavior based on anonymous tips and pupil reports, the district stressed that shooting a photo of a nude private body part being shown by yourself and sending it to some other person was a felony.
Exactly the same applies if receiving such a picture and forwarding it to another person, or receiving such a picture and keeping possession of it.
According to The New York Times, police and also the district attorney’s office are weighing whether to file child pornography charges — against several of the participants — including felony charges.
400 lewd photographs were circulated up to by students, it included.
Pupils used password-protected “phone vaults,” programs that often seem to be simple calculators at first, to hide the photographs from their parents and school officials.
“It is been going on for a long time,” one Canon City pupil told KRDO13, an affiliate of ABC television.
The pupil said some fellow students, especially women, was forced to take photographs of themselves.
The school government held an assembly Thursday to warn parents and explain the technology that enables their children to hide photographs.
Canon City Sheriff Paul Schultz said the issue goes far past the town limits.
“With the new technologies, this is occurring everywhere,” Sheriff said. Absolutely.”