Boardman youth fights for sister's honor



Three ninth-grade boys had pictures of two nude girls on their cell phones.
By DENISE DICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
BOARDMAN -- One student punching another initiated the investigation that found photographs of two nude girls on the cell phones of three high school boys.
"The brother of one of the girls found out, and he was upset," said Superintendent Frank Lazzeri.
The brother, 17, then punched a younger boy during the school day Thursday, the superintendent said.
The older boy told school personnel that several people were telling him that the younger boy was sending pictures of his sister in the nude to his friends either through text message or e-mail, a police report said.
The brother saw the pictures on one student's phone during lunch, the report said.
When school officials spoke to the three boys who had the pictures on their phones, they said they sent the pictures to several people at school.
Police and school officials are investigating the matter.
Sgt. Chuck Hillman, the officer assigned to the schools, said the photographs were found on three cell phones at the school.
No charges have been filed, and Hillman stressed that the investigation is in its early stages.
The girls whose photos were distributed are in the eighth and ninth grade, school officials said.
It's inappropriate to possess or share obscenity involving minors, Hillman said. Pandering obscenity involving a minor is a felony offense.
Lazzeri said the three boys are ninth-graders.
What happened
One of the girls sent photos of herself from her home computer to the home computer of one of the boys, he said. That boy is believed to have sent the pictures to another boy's home computer.
The second boy then downloaded the pictures to his cell phone and distributed them to the other cell phones.
Though the initial transmission of the photos didn't occur during school, the boys had possession of the photos on their phones during school, the superintendent said.
Lazzeri said school rules allow high school students to have cell phones on school property but prohibit their use during the school day.
"All cell phones have camera capability now, and kids will make some bad decisions at times," he said. "I don't think we need to change the cell phone policy, but we're looking into tightening up the camera part, whether that be digital cameras or cell phone cameras."
Police hadn't spoken to the second girl to determine how her photographs were received by the boys.
The school incident is an example of the proliferation of cell phone camera use.
Earlier this year in Long Island, N.Y., three teenage girls had a friend use a cell phone to videotape them beating and kicking another girl. The fight was reportedly over a boy that both the beaten girl and one of her assailants had dated.

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