Sexting among students at a Barrington middle school has been taking place, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday. Due to the incidents of students sexting inappropriate images, officials at the school have contacted police. Police are currently considering criminal charges against the students involved.
Craig Winkelman, the principal of Barrington Middle School-Station Campus which is located in the northwestern suburb of Chicago, emailed parents on Monday to say that a small group of adolescents were recently involved in sexting inappropriate images among themselves using their smartphones. He also asserted that disciplinary actions could be severe since sexting among students can affect reputations and disrupt the educational environment of the school. Again, it was said that criminal charges may result from the incidents.
The families of all the students who have engaged in the incidents of sexting have been contacted. Reportedly, all of the families who were contacted have been cooperative.
Unfortunately, some students were victimized due to the acts, according to the principal. Additionally, even though there are likely to be consequences, the students most directly involved with the sexting are receiving appropriate care and counseling.
Winkelman believes that such occurrences are not only happening at his school. He encourages families to discuss the issue of sexting and tell the students how such acts have “life-altering regrets” and can have a damaging imprint on a student’s future.