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Grand Blanc students suspended for pornographic material on phones

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(10/09/13) - The Grand Blanc High School principal says four students were suspended for having pornographic material on their phones.

She says this is a reminder that parents should be aware of how their kids are using cell phones.

It might seem like an invasion of privacy, but the principal tells us parents should be checking their child's phone.

The principal says four students were suspended for 10 days for having pornography on their phones. This happened Thursday last week, when another student came forward and told administrators what happened.

"The lines are blurred now for some of them about what's appropriate what's not appropriate and I think that's where the parents come in," said Grand Blanc Superintendent Dr. Norm Abdella. "The schools can reinforce it but it needs to start at home."

He says sending nude photos can haunt a student for years after it happens.

"A lot of kids don't know that having pornography on their phones and sending it around, that's a crime and so we have to alert authorities there are police reports," Abdella said.

The principal says the students were sending nude photos to each other outside of school, and still had the pictures on their phone while school was in session.

Sabrina Schoemann is a junior at Grand Blanc High School says her parents trust her, but they still go through her smart phone, just to make sure she's being responsible.

"I think it's an invasion of privacy kind of but I can't argue with the reasoning of it," she said.

And she can see why they're worried considering what happened last Thursday.

"I think it's ridiculous that girls have no self respect nowadays and I don't know what they're trying to get at by sending dirty pictures of themselves to guys," she said.

We spoke with the superintendent and he says it's crucial for parents to be aware of what's going on. He tells us many parents might not be as tech-savvy as their kids, but it's important to learn about smart phones and make sure their students are making responsible decisions.

"We didn't even have cell phones when we were in school so none of that was even an issue," said Kimberly Rabidue-Allward, a parent at the high school.

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