WRENTHAM, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Police in Wrentham are investigating a sexting scandal involving at least 24 students within the King Phillip Regional School District.
The scandal started with the simple click of a button, a picture sent via smartphone ended up involving at least 24 middle school and high school aged students. However, the sexting didn't stop there and Wrentham police were forced to get involved as well.
"For reasons of immaturity, I don't think they get it and it's too late when they do," Lt. William McGrath told FOX 25's John Monahan.
Lt. McGrath said the image sent around was of a female from a different town. The picture was only meant for one person, but instead was circulated to 12 girls and 12 boys.
According to Lt. McGrath, a male student brought the issue to the attention of a teacher on Monday.
Both Dr. Elizabeth Zielinksli, Superintendent of the King Phillip Regional School District, and concerned parents say kids need to understand how social media works.
"We want kids to be safe and to learn those skills, to learn what's appropriate and what's not appropriate. And if they see something that's not appropriate to go to the proper authorities because it is concerning," Dr. Zielinski said.
Eventually, that did happen but not before students and parents got embarrassed and angry.
Police have confiscated several phones and the information is being deleted with the help of the state police forensics team. Police will also offer seminars to educate parents and to instill in kids that their phone can be a powerful weapon.
Police said there won't be any charges in this instance for publicity reasons.