VANDALIA — Five Morton Middle School students have been suspended after school officials were alerted about a female student sending inappropriate photographs to male students.
All five will be recommended for expulsion according to a press release from the Vandalia-Butler City Schools.
According to the preliminary police report, Morton Assistant Principal Steve Verhoff became aware that the female student, and eighth grader, had sent a nude picture of herself to another student who then posted it on Instagram. He then showed it to other students who in turn posted it to Instagram.
A seventh grade student then showed the photos to students at the school on Wednesday, Jan. 6
Police were called and five cell phones were confiscated as evidence.
“This incident should remind all students that poor choices can have very serious consequences,” said Vandalia-Butler City Schools Superintendent Brad Neavin. “Beyond the school discipline, the individuals involved may face criminal charges for these acts; acts that they have been repeatedly cautioned against by our staff and additional programming that provided specifically to address the inappropriate use of social media. There is no excuse for these behaviors and they will not be tolerated in our schools.”
Vandalia police are still investigating the incident according to the police report. Criminal charges have not been been filed as of Monday afternoon.
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