Sexting: Ridgefield Park 8th-graders ordered to delete ‘suggestive’ photos
Ridgefield Park eighth-graders have until Wednesday to purge their cell phone of sexually suggestive images or face legal consequences.
The Bergen Record reports students were told during an assembly that an incident in which one student sent a suggestive photo to another prompted the ultimatum. School officials are working with the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office to make students and the community aware of the consequences of sexting.
In an email to parents, Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School Principal James Donahue wrote that students may share suggestive pictures “without realizing the potential consequences” according to the newspaper.
"Any student who fails to comply with the designated deadline to delete and all inappropriate or suggestive images/videos may be subjected to having charges signed against them for juvenile delinquency," Lt. Joseph Rella said at the Assembly, according to the Daily Voice.
Rella said under plan devised with guidance from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Computer Crimes Division, parents of students identified in sexting incidents would be notified and students would be offered counseling.