Hull Parents Blast School’s Handling Of Possible ‘Sexting’ Incident

HULL (CBS) -HULL (CBS) – Several Middle School parents in Hull are upset at the way school officials investigated a potential “sexting” incident involving students.

School administrators confiscated several students’ cell phones for what the called “possible inappropriate content.”

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

It started when a 14-year-old student took an explicit photo of herself and sent it to a boy’s cell phone. The photo was passed on to other students. The girl who took the picture of herself is no longer at the school.

Parent Joanne Harrington says her daughter first reported the cell phone pictures to officials and has since been bullied by other kids.

“They’re saying rude and nasty things over Facebook,” she said. “They’re talking about it as late as yesterday morning in homeroom class.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

Her daughter now refuses to go to school. Harrington feels the investigation has been mishandled.

So does parent Cindy Benevides, whose son’s cell phone was also taken.

“It should have immediately been turned over to police, not to the school,” she said.

School officials have now returned some of the phones to parents, while others have been turned over to Hull Police.

  • shortbeachUSMC

    From a legal standpoint the school does not have the authority to go over all contents of the phones, anything found and reported to the police I believe would be not be allowed as evidence and would be considered illegal search and seizure. The school has overstepped its boundaries on this one.

  • Anonymous

    If the school took cell phones with the intention of handling the situation internally, that is , not involving the police, I support that decision. Now that it has become a police matter, the possibility of severe charges(because of the laws) could be issued to all involved, including the girl who took the photo of herself. It is a sad situation for all involved.

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