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Police look into explicit video complaint

Reports: Inappropriate footage from boys' locker room

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 3:08 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:52 p.m. CST

MILLEDGEVILLE – Police are looking into reports that an inappropriate video of a student was shared with others after being made in the boys' locker room at Milledgeville High School.

The video was made using Snapchat, which is complicating the investigation, said Milledgeville Police Chief Jim Haag.

Snapchat is a photo- and video-sharing application for smartphones that is a notorious platform for sending explicit photos, because any image sent through Snapchat is visible for a maximum of only 10 seconds before it disappears forever. Because the video in question no longer exists, the investigation could take a long time to complete. Haag said.

"We had a complaint that went through the sheriff's department, ... and an allegation was made that there may have been an inappropriate video made, which could make it a criminal matter, so now we're kind of sorting out fact and fiction," Haag said.

The chief said a parent made the complaint. So far, police have interviewed a number of students, some of whom are on the school's baseball team, Haag said.

"Unfortunately, we don't know what was sent, since it was on Snapchat," he said. "So that's something that makes it more difficult for us to track down."

Though Superintendent Tim Schurman wouldn't speak specifically about the investigation, he did say his school district takes allegations of this kind seriously.

"We have a very strict bullying, hazing and harassment policy," he said. "And any time a parent or student brings to the administration's attention a concern of an incident like that occurring, the administration immediately begins an investigation – a thorough investigation."

Schurman said the school district had zero tolerance for bullying or harassment and that a serious case of bullying or harassment could mean suspension or expulsion.

"We take our students' safety and security very seriously," he said, "and any time a concern is brought up, it's handled in a prompt and professional manner."

 

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