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Walpole police investigating sexting scandal

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WALPOLE, Mass. (WHDH) - School leaders said there are several alleged instances of inappropriate texting between students at Walpole High School.

Walpole High School students told 7News kids are sexting and those pictures are being sent around the school.

"Girls are just sending pictures of themselves, sexting to other guys and they’ve just been passed on all throughout the high school,” Walpole senior Brian Jackowski said.

Students have been sending and forwarding inappropriate images, using text messages or snapchats. Over the past 10 days, officers interviewed 10 students and took their phones.

“Right now, we don't believe that anybody is enticing, you know, a female to send them pictures or encouraging anybody,” said Dep. Chief John Carmichael, Walpole Police.

"It’s kind of something that goes on everywhere. I think it goes on at every school everywhere but it’s gotten out of hand here so now they're doing something about it,” Joey Daaboul, another senior, said.

Students that spoke to 7News said 10 or more kids have been suspended.

Administrators and police are now investigating.

“We're not looking to start charging all the kids and put them in the criminal justice system. We want to bring light on this subject. We want the kids to have the awareness,” Carmichael said.

Carmichael said the department is downloading the information from 10 cellphones and they will know more information about how the inappropriate messages were sent on Friday.

Walpole Public Schools Superintendent Lincoln D. Lynch released a statement about the investigation Wednesday.

“I want to assure the entire Walpole Public Schools' community that this matter is being dealt with appropriately and with the best interests of our students in mind,” the statement said.

Parents want kids to understand that what they send in a text, may never go away.

"For our girls we try to let them know when we first got them their cellphones, these are our guidelines and what we expect,” Holly Campbell, a parent, said.

Police hope to have the search warrants ready by Thursday so they can start looking at the phones. They said they haven't gone through them yet.

Officials are trying to figure out exactly how many different images there are and how many people forwarded them to other students.

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