WALPOLE (CBS) – A sexting scandal has erupted in Walpole involving several students at the high school. Not only is the school investigating, but police have launched a criminal investigation that has shaken the community.

Walpole Schools Superintendent Lincoln D. Lynch III confirmed there have been several alleged cases of inappropriate texting among students, which are now under investigation.

Students tell WBZ-TV that a group of about 15 girls sent naked photos of themselves to boys and those pictures were widely shared.

The incidents have drawn a mix of anger and embarrassment.

“Every school does it. We just happen to be the one school that gets caught doing it,” said junior Brian Jackowski. He said sexting is nothing new at the school, but that the particular photos in question started circulating around September.

“It’s kind of ridiculous how the girls are just that willing to send out pictures of themselves,” said Walpole High senior Colton Mitchell. “It’s kind of sad; they send one to one guy and they just keep passing them around, and before you know it the whole school has seen them.”

“Most people send it out to get their name out, and in this case it’s a lot of underclassmen,” said Anthony Esdale, a senior at the school.

In a written statement, Superintendent Lynch said he wanted to, “assure the entire Walpole Public Schools’ community that this matter is being dealt with appropriately and with the best interests of our students in mind.”

“I think it’s absurd, just that this could happen and how bad it makes Walpole look,” senior Joe Daaboul said.

One female senior at the school told WBZ-TV that, while she wants any boys who did something wrong to be punished, she also thinks any girls who made bad decisions in this case should face consequences as well.

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