'Sexting' scandal at Midlothian High School

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 6:24 PM

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MIDLOTHIAN — With cell phones and Facebook, the rumors spread faster than the photos at Midlothian High School.

"It is high school" said Alexander Jordan, a senior. "You are going to hear about stuff like that, but not on a big scale like this."

Seniors say it started with a freshman girl who texted an explicit photo to a boy, who then shared it with friends.

"You think you send it to someone you trust, and you can't trust anybody," said Hannah Sargent, a senior. "I don't know why you would want to do that."

Midlothian ISD confirmed to News 8 that it learned of the "sexting" message on Friday. The high school immediately suspended 12 students; two of them were placed in alternative education.

"It was a lot more than that. Way more than 12," Jordan said.

Midlothian police told News 8 at least 13 students are part of an ongoing investigation.

"We are talking to students and getting the parents involved and letting them know what's going on," said Midlothian police Capt. Don Cole.

If not for a change in the law, police said the students would have faced felony child pornography charges and would qualify for sex offender registration.

But as of September 2011, sexting between students is now a misdemeanor. But this incident has Midlothian students thinking before they text.

"You get a picture? Why would you do that and have it go on your record?" asked Ryan Wagoner. "It ruins everything you have."

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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