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Most Franklin Co. schools have not had sexting issues

October 06, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

o Press conference warns about dangers of 'sexting'

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- While Chambersburg Area School District administrators are immersed in a student sexting investigation, other Franklin County school officials say they haven't encountered explicit messages this academic year.

"It's not been as widespread a problem here," said Ed Rife, principal of Greencastle-Antrim High School.

In the past few years, Greencastle-Antrim experienced a couple of incidents with sexually explicit images of teenagers being transmitted, however, Rife said none have been reported this academic year.

"We've tried to be as proactive as possible," Rife said, saying the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office made a presentation about the dangers of sexting last year at the middle school.

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Another presentation is being considered for students and parents, he said.

Waynesboro Area School District Superintendent James Robertson said he wants to talk to the district's new technology director about developing a similar presentation for students.

"At this point in time, we haven't had any assemblies or presentations specific to that," Waynesboro Area Senior High School Principal Chris Dennis said.

Robertson said he has not been made aware of any sexting incidents, and Dennis said the high school hasn't had extensive problems like those experienced in Chambersburg.

James Buchanan High School Principal Rodney Benedick said his school had a few reports of sexting in the spring, but none this school year.

"It's not that we're immune to it, but it probably just hasn't gotten back to us or isn't in our circle yet," Benedick said.

Staff at James Buchanan High School, which is in the Tuscarora School District, made a few announcements about sexting perils.

"We talked about that at back-to-school grade-level meetings," Benedick said.

Most district officials said their schools allow cell phones to be carried during regular school hours, but they must be turned off and tucked away.

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