EXETER, New Hampshire — A high school “sexting” scandal is hitting the community of Exeter, New Hampshire.
Several students are under investigation for reportedly selling naked pictures of female students at school. Exeter school administrators aren’t saying much about what they’re calling a “social media incident” here at Exeter High School. But students told CBS 13 the incident involved pictures of nude girls at the school being shared, and even sold, to other students at school.
According to Superintendent Michael Morgan, the incident involved several high school students and the “inappropriate use of personal technology,” such as cellphones and iPads. He wouldn’t elaborate further.
But students told CBS 13 members of the freshman and sophomore football teams were involved. A 17-year-old student, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS 13, “The [members of the] sophomore football team were selling nudes to each other of other high school students.”
The young man told us a similar incident happened back when he was in middle school.
Parent Nancy Howaniec, who has a son at the high school, said, “I’m glad it wasn’t my child. And I’d be appalled if it was a girl. I have a boy, but it’s still the same thing.”
Howaniec said she was completely shocked to learn that male students were selling nude and partially nude photos of female students at the high school.
“That definitely should not be happening,” Howaniec said. “I’m glad they found out and that they caught them. Technology in the schools is not necessarily a good thing. And I think this is an example of what can happen.”
Morgan told CBS 13 that, considering the popularity of “sexting” among teens, he’s not surprised this happened. Even so, he said, “This incident is a relatively minor incident in the scheme of life.”
But students say hundreds of dollars were made off these nude pictures. And even though the students who did this are minors, the student we spoke with believes whoever sold those pictures broke the law.
“No matter what age you are, it’s child pornography,” he said. “The fact [is] that [the photos are] of underage people.”
Exeter Police Chief Richard Kane said at this point he doesn’t believe any charges will be filed against the students.
The police chief says the discipline will be left up to the school.
But because of privacy laws, Morgan wouldn’t say whether any student has been suspended or expelled. He says Exeter middle and high school students are warned to be careful about what they post on social media. And he says once an image is out there, it can come back to haunt students down the road when they apply for college or a job.