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Middle school students disciplined for sending nude photos

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Middle school students disciplined for sending nude photos

CREATED Feb. 18, 2014

Henderson, NV (KTNV) -- Several middle school students in Henderson have been disciplined for sending nude photos to each other but some parents said the school district has not been tough enough.

The Clark County School District confirms that several students at Bob Miller Middle School were disciplined for the matter in January; the district did not say how many students were involved.

"The impacts, I don't think they, unless the parent tells them the impact, they don't understand," said parent Bus Leach, whose daughter attends the school.

Angry parents sent an anonymous letter to the superintendent, principal, mayor and local media, including Action News, dated Feb. 7, 2014. In the letter, the authors claim several students took nude photos of themselves or other students and then sent the photos to each other via text message and other electronic media.

The letter claims three students were suspended but later allowed back to school and the authors believe the district should have expelled the students to send a message.

Officially, the school district won't reveal the content of the photos; however, a person familiar with the matter said the photos were not of students or children and were likely obtained off the internet. It's unclear if any of that happened during school time.

The district is not revealing the extent of the discipline because of student privacy rules, CCSD spokeswoman Melinda Malone said. The administration said parents who provided the students with cell phones need to take some responsibility as well.

"You always have to be careful with your kids - what they're doing, how they're using their phones, what are they sending on their phones," said parent Ruth Castro, whose son attends the middle school.

The school district said administrators looked into the situation and took appropriate action.

"We encourage parents to monitor their children's use of electronic devices and social media sites, and to have reoccurring conversations with their children about inappropriate use of these devices as well as the potential consequences," Malone said in a statement to Action News.

CCSD does not have a general policy when it comes to punishment for student sexting. Malone said the district handles discipline for those matters on a case-by-case basis.

"You're not going to get rid of the technology but the best thing you can do is educate them on it," Leach said.

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