BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Three Bastrop Independent School District students have been arrested and charged in connection with graphic images of female students circulating on Snapchat.
The district and its police department opened the investigation Thursday after students notified authorities. The images, involving students at Bastrop High School and Cedar Creek High School, were put on the photo messaging app by students who did not have permission to use them.
The district says two 17-year-old students and one juvenile were arrested.
A BISD spokesperson says the accounts were created for the express purpose of sharing the images.
“Bastrop ISD stands firm in not tolerating bullying or cyberbullying on our campuses,” BISD executive direction of communications Kristi Lee said. “We appreciate the quick response of students in reporting the incident and in assisting the administration in the investigation, and we will take swift and appropriate action against anyone involved.
“There were like a lot of girls in my class crying and I was like oh my gosh like this is really serious,” said student Kaitlynn Loudenslager.
Another student, Joshua Cardwell, said some of the photos had captions with the names and grades of the students involved. “It was terrible.”
The district says it will continue to talk to students about what is appropriate on social media and what dangers exist.