A sexting investigation is under way at a number of Marin County schools involving provocative pictures of underage students. Sheriff deputies are probing both students and parents.
Provocative photos are making the rounds among Marin County students who won't be identified.
The principal of Mill Valley Middle School wrote to parents last week about "inappropriate and provocative photos (known as sexting) of middle and high school girls that were being circulated electronically via text, email or social networks to students from different schools."
"They're just sending pictures of themselves and that's really gross," said one 15-year-old sophomore.
The Marin County Sheriff's Department, which is conducting the investigation, couldn't discuss the details, but Luke McCann at the Marin County Office of Educations said deputies have been interviewing students and parents at various schools for the past two weeks.
"It's in the middle schools, primarily 7th and 8th graders," McCann said. "You're talking about girls entering puberty, 13, 14 years old."
Tamalpais High School students said sexting has been around for years, but parents are now concerned because they have heard that some of the photos had been sold.
"You can get in a lot of trouble because it's not just pornography, it's child pornography," said a 17-year-old junior at Tam High School.
Parents are being asked to talk to their kids and filter the content that keeps coming at them.
"It's part of the age we're living in," said Victoria Ordway, a parent. "As a parent you can try to stop it but it's kind of impossible."
Teachers and parents have already participated in a seminar designed to teach about safety in the digital age and another one has been scheduled for Oct. 17.
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