Recently seventeen teens Facebook photos somehow made it onto a known child pornography site. The one thing that all of them had in common were that they all attended the same vocational school, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical School. Apparently it’s the winner for the longest school name. The ages of the victims were as young as 14 years old and all of them were female.

One of the victims responded, “The fact that someone could do that, I don’t understand why someone would do that to me”. Her name was McKenna Daniels, and she found out that her photos were one of the fourteen students that was posted to the site without her knowledge when a friend told her.

When CBS asked the Principle, he responded “To have someone go in and grab their picture and put it on the site like this is not proper”. He followed it up with saying that he thought that it’s even “illegal”. It isn’t illegal to take photos from Facebook and there isn’t even any protection of them, but posting photos of a minor of a questionable nature on a site for sexual purposes is illegal. Trying to sell said photographs and/or monetizing from photographs might be illegal since once a photograph is posted to Facebook it becomes the property of the site.

School officials said that they had been informed about the problem as far back as January. When the girls found out that their photos were being used inappropriately on a site with questionable material, they were obviously shocked and embarrassed. The pictures that were stolen from their pages were of the girls fully clothed, but the real problem came when they found out their personal information and school they attended was also posted on the child pornography site.

This incident sparked the interest of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (or the FBI) since it more than likely crosses state lines, and it involves so many victims. It is said that the site that these photos were posted to also contain full nude pictures of adults and children. It’s for that reason that the government has refused to release the site, and anyone who seeks it out within the US will be discovered, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Officials have reason to believe that this isn’t in any way an isolated incident and that more students could easily be affected, not just from this school in Boston but others around the country. Though there are things you can do to prevent this from happening to you or your child. First things first make your account private. This allows only those that know you and accept as friends to view your profile and photos. Secondly, if possible monitor your child’s internet habits at all times. Finally, don’t post things online that you’re not willing to show to the whole world.

Sources: CBS News
ZD Net
Gizmodo

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