Sexting scandal involving more than 35 Mid-Michigan high schoolers

DAVISON TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - UPDATE (01/25/17) - Michigan State Police detectives are continuing to build a case against a 17-year-old student who allegedly shared nude photos of 35 of his classmates.

Most of the students who had photographs shared without their consent were young women.

Counselors are weighing in on the social media phenomenon among teens.

Ann Kita, a counselor at YWCA in Flint, says what happened at Davison High School appears to be part of a larger, social problem.

"There is a culture out there that is putting pressure on young women to comply with what is socially accepted," Kita said.

She says pressure to send nude photos can lead to fear that they may become an outcast if they don't do it.

Even though the young girls sent the photos out in the first place, Kita says we have to be careful not to blame them.

"If we are going to victim blame, then we are going to take that perpetrator's choice and not hold it as accountable as it needs to be," Kita said.

The photos have been taken down from the website.

Davison Community Schools are not commenting at this point because it is an open investigation.

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(01/24/17) - Michigan State Police have launched an investigation in Davison Township after a sexting scandal involving more than 35 high school students.

MSP say this involves naked photos of potentially underage girls.

They're zeroing in on a 17-year-old student who they say took those photos from one social media site and posted them on a sharing site so others could see.

We're talking about 109 sexually explicit photos that have been taken into evidence from the sharing website Dropbox.

Apparently, the 17 year old took screen captures of the photos from Snapchat, then shared them on the site.

At this point, there are about 35 victims - most of them appear to be Davison High School students.

As MSP computer investigators continue to comb through the digital evidence, there could be more.

"When you post something on the Internet, even when you think it's a Snapchat and it's gone in five seconds or 10 seconds, it's not gone. This is how these terrible things happen, people screen shot them and it can be used again," said Lt. David Kaiser, with Michigan State Police.

No charges have been filed yet and it's unclear if the student would be charged as an adult.

Davison Community Schools released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

On Monday, January 24, officials at Davison High School were contacted by Michigan State Police and made aware of allegations of a website containing inappropriate pictures of high school age girls. Immediately, high school administration began an investigation. When it was determined the allegations were accurate, the district contacted Davison Township Police, which in turn handed the investigation over to the Michigan State Police, which has a cyber-crimes unit. The district has cooperated fully with the Michigan State Police.

Parents should know that the site has been taken down and that those students involved and their families have been contacted and informed of the situation.

We would encourage parents to take an opportunity to discuss the proper and appropriate use of social media with their children.



 
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