Batavia Middle Schoolers Under Investigation For Sending Nude Photos, Authorities Say

The Batavia Public School District is cooperating with the Batavia Police Department to investigate "inappropriate nude images" taken by middle school students and disseminated via social media, according to the school district.

Authorities have launched an investigation after some Batavia middle school students took nude photographs of themselves and disseminated them over social media, according to a press release.

The Batavia Public School District is working with the Batavia Police Department to conduct the investigation, Superintendent Lisa Hichens wrote in the release. She said it was too early to say whether criminal charges would be filed, or whether the school district would take disciplinary actions.

"We will release more information when it becomes available," Hichens said. "In the meantime, parents are urged to use this incident as an opportunity for discussion with their students about appropriate technology use. Under the State of Illinois Law (sexting), taking lewd or indecent photos of oneself and distributing them via an electronic communication device is illegal. Furthermore, any student that is a recipient of lewd or indecent photos can also be held accountable under state law."


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