Batavia police are investigating a possible sexting incident involving middle school students in the far western suburb, making it the third suburban sexting scandal this month.
The incident involved multiple students from Rotolo Middle School taking nude “selfies” and distributing them through social media to at least two dozen other kids, according to Detective Kevin Bretz with the Batavia Police Department.
Police were informed about the incident Tuesday and an investigation began with the cooperation of Batavia School District 101, officials said.
"This isn't unique to Batavia, this is something that unfortunately, sometimes middle school students make choices without thinking through the consequences," District 101 superintendent Lisa Hichens said.
Police spoke with students and their parents Tuesday and plan to conduct more interviews Wednesday.
"We're just very concerned, It's a battle and an everyday thing, whether it's through Facebook or texting or what they're posting, you really don't know," parent Annamarie Segura said.
Officials are advising parents to talk to their children and check their phones and computers.
"It's going to stay for a long time. It's going to follow them. And all of these kids have college careers ahead of them, so right now main focus now is to get it stopped," Batavia Police Det. Kevin Bretz said.
Several Barrington Middle School students could also face criminal charges after they were found texting racy photos on their cell phones that same week.