BATAVIA (CBS) — Batavia Police say there will be no criminal charges against 20 middle school students involved in sexting.
The students at the Rotolo Middle School who were sexting – sending explicit photos of themselves – are 11 to 14 years old, says Batavia Police Detective Kevin Bretz.
And their age is one reason he says they will not be charged criminally.
“We have closed the case. We’re done with it. The school is going to review this. If they decide to take any in-school disciplinary action, that will be completely their decision to make. We will not get involved in that whatsoever.”
Detective Bretz says Batavia Police met with 20 Rotolo Middle School boys and girls and their parents.
Bretz says “continuing education” is the most important thing – because of the age of the students.
Lisa Hichens, superintendent of the Batavia Public Schools, says she agrees with that approach.
Hichens would not say if students will be expelled or suspended.
She says all students – and parents – would be educated about the dangers of sexting.
In Barrington – two middle school boys were charged with felony child pornography last week – after an investigation into sexting.