Some middle school students in Castle Rock may be facing criminal charges for forwarding nude photos of their classmates through their cell phones. It was apparently part of a dare and investigators say as many as six female students took part. They say the photos may have been forwarded to as many as fifty people and administrators are now concerned those pictures may end up here on the Internet. Douglas Ernst. At Castle Rock Middle School four girls and two boys allegedly dared each other to take the photos of themselves.
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Welsh said. On Thursday night, separate community meetings were held for parents of football players and parents of other students to address the scandal, which has shocked this quiet, semirural community of 16, The team was forced to forfeit its final game of the season. Because it is a felony to possess or distribute child pornography, the charges could be serious. But because most of the people at fault are themselves minors and, in some cases, took pictures of themselves and sent them to others, law enforcement officials are at a loss as to how to proceed. Students at the school described a competitive point system that classmates used to accrue photographs.
The images reportedly were taken with cellphones in a girls locker room at Century Middle School while the girls were undressing. The girls were not naked in the images, and cyberbullying was not involved, authorities said. Two boys, ages 13 and 14, created the game by photographing the buttocks of fully clothed girls in school hallways. A second year-old girl also took a photo. The boys and the first girl were charged Tuesday, June 12, in Dakota County Juvenile Court with conspiracy to commit interference with privacy and criminal defamation, all gross misdemeanors.
Last week, administrators at a New Jersey middle school found naked pictures of students on classmates' phones, leading school district officials as well as the police to get involved. Bernards Township Superintendent Nick Markarian told parents in a letter that if their kids deleted photos by Sunday, then they wouldn't be charged criminally, " Please tell your child that under no circumstances should they be taking nude photos of themselves. The letter also pleaded, "Please tell your child that if someone asks them to create such a photo they should say no and report the person to a trusted adult.