Topless photos of teen lead to suspensions

Criminal charges still possible
May. 20, 2014 @ 08:39 AM

Officials are investigating high school students who exchanged two semi-nude photos of another student.

The topless photos of a high school girl led to what Steve Stone, superintendent of Caldwell County Schools, called "an altercation" on Wednesday at South Caldwell High School after school hours between three students.

Lt. Steve Rich of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said that South Caldwell's resource officer found out about the altercation on Thursday. The parents of the student in the photos declined to press charges, Rich said.

But on Monday school officials at South Caldwell and Hibriten high schools investigated and provided more information to the sheriff's office. Sheriff's Capt. B.J Fore said the new information will be investigated and the results will be turned over to the district attorney's office to determine whether any charges should be filed.

Stone said the students involved in the altercation and the exchange of photos have been punished by the schools. He declined to specify whether the punishment was an in-school or out-of-school suspension.

"The students self-reported the altercation," Stone added. "I am satisfied with the punishment. There was no cover-up by the school."

Stone said he learned of the incident Friday night, when he heard from two school board members who had received calls about it.

"I wish parents would call me immediately," he said. "It hurts us whenever we read it on Facebook or get the anonymous calls."