DUXBURY (CBS) –The superintendent of Duxbury Schools says school officials have made a disturbing discovery – eighth graders “sexting.”

Superintendent Ben Tantillo tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030, late last week they learned some middle school girls – mostly eighth graders – were sending suggestive, inappropriate pictures to boys.

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The boys allegedly spread some of the photos around, Tantillo said.

According to a statement posted on Duxbury Middle School’s website, sexting is defined as “the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs, primarily between mobile phones, and or other electronic devices.”

‘We have to determine , which we are determining, if something that happens outside of school is a distraction inside of school,” Tantillo said.

Those involved could face anything from detention to suspension, he said.

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The school contacted police and are also conducting their own investigation.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Tantillo is urging parents speak to their children about ‘sexting” and their online lives.

He also recommends parents check their child’s phone and computers.

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“It’s a new world out there and as much as we can we try to educate our students that once you post something it can go viral online and you don’t know where it’s going, that’s a danger,” Tantillo. “It’s something we didn’t have to deal with years ago but it’s here now.”