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JHS principal: Some inappropriate pictures were shared among students

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Joplin's High School principal says he's doing what he can to stop an alleged inappropriate picture sharing between students.  It's unclear how large-scale this online picture sharing in Joplin's high school may be.  But the allegation brought to the attention of school officials was a big enough concern to involve police.

Joplin police are tight lipped about the allegation.

"I think it would not be prudent to speculate on anything of that nature because we are dealing with children," says Captain Bob Higginbotham with the Joplin Police Department.

Joplin High School Principal Kerry Sachetta says he doesn't know many details.

"Our goal is to get this stopped first and figure out consequences later," says Sachetta.

And parents want answers.

"It scares me," says Jason Dunnington.  "It's without a doubt child pornography, whether it's just children that are looking at it or adults, it's wrong.  And if they're under 18, or even over 18 and the people in the pictures had been taken before they were 18, the law needs to get involved."

Principal Sachetta does believe something inappropriate happened off school grounds.

"There was some access given to different people to view some photos that were inappropriate," says Sachetta.

Sachetta says access was given over the internet through a program called Dropbox.  He says the pictures were of nude students, but no school official has seen them.

The high school principal says two students talked to one of the assistant principals about these alleged inappropriate photos.  But Sachetta says no students have claimed to be victimized.  Sachetta also says it appears students used their own cell phones to access the pictures.  As a precaution though, the Joplin High School has banned access to Dropbox.

"The concerns we've always expressed is that parents need to monitor what their children do, and children are very adept at using the Internet and social media," says Higginbotham.

When we asked Sachetta if school discipline was possible against students who may be involved, he said, "It's possible.  It's very possible."

Another official in Joplin's police department told us a school resource officer has interviewed two or three high school students, but detectives have interviewed no one.  No charges have been filed.  As of now, Joplin police are still trying to determine if there was even a crime.


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