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2 middle school students charged in 'sexting,'

May 2, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Again, don't these police officers have any real criminals to hunt down????

Real criminals like robbers and rapists. Not high school kids who share dirty pictures with their friends????


2 middle school students charged in 'sexting,' child porn scandal

By Dan Hinkel Tribune reporter

3:16 p.m. CDT, May 1, 2014

Two boys have been charged with possession of child pornography following an investigation into alleged "sexting" at a Barrington middle school, authorities said.

One of the students from the Barrington Middle School Station Campus possessed and distributed sexually explicit photos and videos of fellow students while the other disseminated photos and possessed a video, according to a news release from Barrington police. Several students received the materials; multiple victims were involved, police said.

One boy was arrested Wednesday and the other was taken into custody Thursday, police said. Both were released to family members pending appearances in Cook County Juvenile Court.

The pair distributed sexual explicit materials to "a large group of classmates by way of text message," authorities said.

In a written statement, Barrington Community Unit School District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard lamented the consequences of careless texting and Internet use.

"These students and their parents find themselves in a severe situation. Their futures may be forever stamped by the careless use of an app, the tease of a text message, the unthinking post of an indecent photo,” he wrote.

"The 'delete' button can never fully erase the reach of social media," he wrote.

The district is planning events in coming weeks to educate parents on online safety and "sexting."

dhinkel@tribune.com Twitter: @TribLocal