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GPD warns students after nude photos circulated at school

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Local authorities are investigating after a nude photo of a student is circulated at a local high school. For the safety of the victim, we won't be naming the school, but police say this is not the first time they've received this sort of disturbing report.

Students are sharing a nude photo of one of their classmates. Guam Department of Education confirms the incident was first reported at a local high school back on February 13. School officials say they are working with the Guam Police to investigate, and will discipline students and engage parents.

"The decisions you make online can greatly affect you in the future," said Guam Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Paul Tapao admits juvenile investigators come across this disturbing issue often.

"It is predominant with our middle and high school areas and the alarming issue that we are facing is the fact that the kids are not aware of the law. We working with Guam DOE, so kids can't use the defense of ignorance and I didn't know that this was against the law but we are addressing this issue," said Tapao. "Because of age that will permit in the language of the law, if you are an adult have material of a minor engaging in sex or nudity, you can be charged with a felony offense and child pornography."

He says a quick click and share of these images at school could turn out to be bad for the students involved.

"You can get into a whole heap of trouble. We try not to only address the kids. The parents play an important role in being responsible on social media and understanding what is legal and not. We ask parents to get involved...be aware of what they are looking at what they are viewing," said Tapao.

No word if investigators are closer to finding the source of the nude photo of the student that was circulated. But, authorities say if those images come across your messages or group chats, report it to police immediately.

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