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Sexually-explicit photo sharing has plagued a high school for at least 2 years


Burrillville High School in Burrillville, RI has been plagued by people sharing sexually-explicit images of students there for at least two years, according to our affiliate WJAR.

“I’ve heard about the Dropbox since I was a senior in high school and I think it actually may have started when we were juniors, so it’s been going on for about two years or more now,” Jaymee Volante, who graduated from the school in 2015, told WJAR Thursday.

WJAR reported that Burrillville police are now examining who posted hundreds of files involving at least 48 underage female students at the school.

The photos and videos were uploaded to the filesharing website Dropbox, according to a police affidavit.

Some Twitter users began weighing in on the burgeoning scandal as news about it spread Thursday.

A school administrator reportedly notified police about the Dropbox in May, but WJAR reported that some parents remained unware of the problem until its story about it Wednesday.

Burrillville police said they could not comment as the investigation remains ongoing, adding that no arrests have been made.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Pallone’s office said in a statement that school officials immediately contacted police upon learning of the Dropbox.

“I cannot comment on the ongoing investigation,” he said. “Students need to respect themselves and respect others and they need to make smart and good choices.”

Sara Straube, who graduated from Burrillville High School in 2015, said she hopes the probe halts the image sharing.

“It’s really disrespectful to women,” she said. “It’s disrespectful to these girls. They’re in high school. They’re young.”

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