“Yesterday a student from Rotolo Middle School in Batavia let a staff member know that some inappropriate images of classmates may have been distributed to students,” School District Superintendent Dr. Lisa Hichens says.
School administrators and Batavia police say their investigation will involve support and education for the students involved.
“Juvenile law is a little bit different than adult law,” Detective Kevin Bretz explains. “Right now our focus is not so much on possible charges but on education and trying to nip this thing in the bud as you might say so it does not go any further.
Internet Crimes Detective Rich Wistocki warns students and parent daily about the dangers of sexting.
“In three simple steps how do you approach the topic of sexting with your child?” he asks. “You have to tell them that anything that you press send can be reproduced anywhere. I have a rule for kids, you have to pass the three P test - that means if you take a video or picture and show it to your parents, your priest and your principal and they're ok with it, go ahead and video chat all day long fun.”
Detective Wistocki also recommends parents install an app called My Mobile Watch dog, which allows parents control over their child's smart phone.
Batavia school district's superintendent says the outcome of the investigation at Rotolo Middle School will only be shared with the families of the students involved.
Police say the explicit pictures were circulated via text and it appears they were not posted on social media.