WAKEFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) - Parents are protesting the return of a Wakefield High School student who allegedly took inappropriate pictures of their female classmates and posted them online.
Parents and some students gathered outside Monday with signs that read “Change School Policies” and “Keep Schools Safe” in hopes of getting attention from school officials. This is the second day of protests with the first taking place last Friday.
Carolyn Kent was among the parents who protested Friday and said, “These children are not comfortable with this student coming back to the school. These girls are victims.”
Lisa Auffrey added that “We feel as though the school administration has not acted accordingly.”
WHS student Emma Shinney claimed that the individual in question took over 500 pictures of 13 different girls over then span of 18 months.
“He also put price tags on some of the pictures and set up a private Cash app for it,” Shinney said.
Wakefield Public Schools said in a statement that they learned of an incident on Oct. 11 involving a student’s “serious and inappropriate use of social media.”
“As soon as this conduct was reported, we began collaborating with the Wakefield Police Department and took action to develop a fuller understanding of its impacts, and address the situation,” the statement read. “The steps we’ve taken to address this behavior so far have aligned with our policies and procedures around student discipline, and we are working closely with the Wakefield Police Department to support law enforcement’s work related to this incident.”
No additional information has been released.
An investigation remains ongoing.
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