Malden middle school students caught in sexting case
MALDEN, Mass. (WHDH)--Police and the school district in Malden are taking action at the Linden School, after two 8th grade middle school students sent out inappropriate text messages.
“It is a big deal. It's a crime, its pornography,” said David Deruosi, Superintendent Malden Public Schools.
Trouble over sexting, and now the superintendent is clearly concerned.
“It's disturbing to I think parents, educators, it has to be disturbing to everybody that there is this almost casual nature, that it's no big deal,” Deruosi said.
Police were called in after administrators determined two 8th grade girls had texted inappropriate pictures to some 7th grade boys earlier this week and those boys forwarded the pictures to other student.
School officials have identified at least a dozen kids involved, and may go well beyond that. Parents were shocked to hear about the incident.
“It's concerning it's happening here of course but I think it's something that you hear about all the time now,” said Trisha Powers, concerned parent.
The superintendent says these need to become teachable moments.
“The meeting we're going to have to have is how do you balance discipline and learning? Because if the bigger goal is to teach and educate kids this is just inappropriate,” David Deruosi said.