Seven ninth-graders at Pascack Valley High School have been suspended for the rest of the school year for distributing racy photos of middle school girls via cell phones and school-issued laptops.
A student who saw the photos on a laptop tipped off a teacher, and the administration alerted Hillsdale police last week, district Superintendent Benedict Tantillo III said today.
More than 20 girls who are now in ninth grade were in the photos, the superintendent said. Some pictures appeared to have been taken two or three years ago, and some of the subjects moved to private high school instead of Pascack Valley. The girls were seen from the waist up in various states of undress, typically with bare breasts, he said. “I have not seen the pictures,” he added. “I don’t want to see the pictures.”
Citing a school inquiry, he said it was unclear whether the shots were self-portraits or snapped by others but none appeared to have been filmed on district property. He said one boy had asked girls to send him photos so they could star in a “gallery” he was assembling.
“As a father of three girls, I can’t imagine (any young women) taking pictures of themselves and sending them around knowing they would be distributed,” Tantillo said.
Cases of teens sending around lewd cell phone pictures of their bodies have been reported in New York, Connecticut, Alabama, Utah, Pennsylvania, Texas and Connecticut. Psychologists say the phenomenon reflects young hormones and impulsivity, with technology increasing the potential for long-term humiliation. It may also reflect a vogue for exhibitionism, as demonstrated on MySpace, YouTube and other Web sites.
Pascack Valley notified parents of the unsettling incident last week.
“This constitutes possession and or distribution of child pornography and it is a violation of the district’s acceptable use policy,” high school Principal Thomas DeMaio said in a June 5 letter to parents.
The letter said the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office had issued a 48-hour grace period to let students delete these items from their computers, cell phones and iPods. Anyone found to have these images after 48 hours risked being charged with the 4th degree crime of possession of child pornography, it said.
Joseph Macellaro, chief of detectives of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, said today that his staff’s investigation is continuing.
“We are still looking into it, and we will make a decision based on what we find out,” he said. “It is more than likely there won’t be any charges.”
Tantillo said the school’s spam filters blocked pictures from entering its laptops via email. The offending photos must have been loaded onto somebody’s pen drive, which was then plugged into laptops. Raunchy photos were found on six or seven laptops, and on a cell phone confiscated from a male student. The seven suspended students also lost their privileges to access school technology networks and school email.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
High School Boys Suspended for Having Topless Pictures of Middle School Girls - Pascack Valley High School
What? Having pictures of naked underage girls is a problem, even if you, yourself are underage? Who woulda thunk it? Apparently not 7 high school boys at Pascack Valley High School in New Jersey who have been suspended after a teacher found that they had topless pictures of some of their former middle school classmates on their cell phones AND school issued laptops. Here's more from NorthJersey.com:
Make up your mind already! Are you the all powerful Jesus Christ or a lame duck president, George Bush? Seems like a no-brainer, but for one naked man in Alabama, the choice was so hard he couldn't make up his mind. Fortunately, the cops were there with a little "electrical incentive" to help him make up his mind.
Here's more from Fox News:
Here's more from Fox News:
Alabama police used Tasers to stun a naked man claiming to be Jesus Christ and President Bush, officials said.
Richard Scott Odell, 30, was stunned four times by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies early Friday after a motorist called police to inform them a naked man was standing in the middle of Alabama Highway 79, AL.com reports.
Odell was stunned with X26 Tasers after refusing to follow orders to lay down on the ground, police said. He appeared to be intoxicated, officials said. Police said Odell stated he was Jesus Christ and President Bush and could break free of his handcuffs.
"This guy must have been to quite a party or he is quite a party himself," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian told AL.com. "It isn't every day our deputies run into a naked man standing in the middle of the highway. I guess they have truly seen it all now, no pun intended."