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Parents question lack of police involvement in Plainfield High School 'sexting' case

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Plainfield called the game against Waterford off after students told Eyewitness News members of their football team traded naked pictures of young female students. (WFSB) Plainfield called the game against Waterford off after students told Eyewitness News members of their football team traded naked pictures of young female students. (WFSB)
PLAINFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A high school sexting scandal resulted in the cancellation of a big football game planned for Friday.

Plainfield officials called off the game against Waterford after students told Eyewitness News members of their football team traded naked pictures of young female students.

On Wednesday, parents said they want more done and police to be involved.

"The school doesn't handle situations very well over there," said Brad Blanchard, a parent. "There's a lot of bullying going on and they don't do anything about it. So to hear something like that, doesn't surprise me."

The said something like this has happened before.

Sources said there's at least five female students involved, one of whom was 14 years old.

According to a state statute, anything under 16 years old is considered child pornography.

Parents like Blanchard questioned why police weren't doing more.

"If there are pictures of underage kids then the police need to get involved," he said.

Police however, said that while they're assisting, they haven't received a formal complaint from the school district.

"The Plainfield Police Department has not initiated an investigation as we have not received a complaint," the department said in a statement. "We advised the high school administration as it pertains to state law regarding minors possessing or transmitting pornography. We have not seen any photographs nor names of any student(s) that might have been involved."

Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with one student who had knowledge of the situation.

The student aid he’s not at all proud to say his close friends were involved in this. These young girls were allegedly victimized by their own peers.

“Just kind of embarrassing to be a part of this,” the teen, who is only being called Kevin, said. “Just a bunch of boys getting a bunch of nude pictures from a bunch of different kind of girls exposing it multiple ways in a group message.”

The student said 13 Plainfield football players held a group chat message on social media recently where pictures of naked female high school students were exchanged.

“I just don't think it's good to expose little girls like that,” Kevin said.

According to Kevin, at least five girls were in those photos, including a 14-year-old freshman.

Other students, who are also friends with some of the players, said they’re not as shocked as you may think. They said sexting is a huge problem all over.

“I know it definitely is in just about every high school it happens,” Drew Daley, who is friends with football players, said.

The school canceled Friday’s football game against Waterford and would only confirm that the chat was not appropriate.

Eyewitness News reached out to the superintendent. However, he was out for the afternoon. Emails were also not returned.

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