Some middle school students in Castle Rock may be facing criminal charges for forwarding nude photos of their classmates through their cell phones.
It was apparently part of a dare and investigators say as many as six female students took part. They say the photos may have been forwarded to as many as fifty people and administrators are now concerned those pictures may end up here on the Internet.
"It can't really be contained, it can go across the nation," said Castle Rock Police Lt. Douglas Ernst.
At Castle Rock Middle School four girls and two boys allegedly dared each other to take the photos of themselves. Then those pictures got forwarded on.
"That's our main concern right now, the issue of trying to contain where the photos go," said Ernst.
Parents now must consider this latest technology nightmare.
"I just think it's wrong, it's disgusting and inappropriate," said parent Shannon Marx.
Even some of the kids' classmates are upset.
"I think it's an outrage how this stuff is going on, this is the reason I don't like bringing my cell phone to school," said one student.
Administrators say the concerns about this problem have prompted talks with parents.
"We're all in this together and this technology is clearly there so we should be aware of it and remember to monitor it," said Whei Wong, spokesperson for the Douglas County School District.
Police say the students could face fines or even jail time depending on the intent of the photographs. Parents are being told to check their students' phones for inappropriate content.
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