Students at Edison Middle School, located in Chicago’s west suburb of Wheaton, are being investigated for creating fake Instagram accounts which show inappropriate photos of students and staff members of the school. The students who allegedly created the accounts could be charged as juveniles. The charges would be harassment with an electronic communication, according to NBC News on Wednesday.
Students altered photos to show the victims of their online activity in situations that were not real. The students involved have been identified. A letter regarding the inappropriate activity has been sent home to parents of students at the Edison Middle School.
Edison Middle School is located at 1125 South Wheaton Avenue in Wheaton. It purports having some of the best student achievement scores in the state of Illinois. Some 95 percent of all the students have met or exceeded Illinois standards in reading and 94 percent of the students have met or exceeded Illinois standards in math. According to the school’s website, the principal is Rachel Bednar and the Assistant Principal is Megan Ptak.
Just last month, another Chicago suburban school in southwest suburban Homer Glen had a scandal regarding sexting, according to a CBS News report. In that situation, sexually explicit images were shared with sixth graders. The scandal erupted at Hadley Middle School after it was reported that sixth grade students were exchanging inappropriate photos on their phones.
In the Wheaton, Illinois scandal, Wheaton police are investigating. In the Homer Glen incidents, the Will County Sheriff’s Department investigated. After the Homer Glen incidents, students were counseled regarding the dangers and ramifications of sexting as well as other forms of inappropriate use of technology and social media. Though students were threatened with further action, it was never reported that students were, in fact, arrested or dealt with severely via other methods.