To Elizabeth’s shock, her son, who was a senior at McNeil High School in northwest Austin, became the center of a viral video. “It really freaked him out because he had no idea,” she said.
Elizabeth does not want to be identified, but says her son was filmed inside a restroom at McNeil High School, which was then posted to Snapchat, showing her son in a stall and his private area.
Cory McMahan and Corbin Banda are now charged with Invasive Visual Recording for secretly recording the video and making it public. A grand jury indicted the seniors last week for the recording that happened in November 2017. The two students were booked into jail on April 12 with bond set at $25,000.
“I was angry,” said Elizabeth. “Why would anyone think it’s OK to film another person in the bathroom stall?”
Her son who was embarrassed, chose not go back to McNeil. Instead, he finished his senior year at an alternative school. The district says McMahan and Banda each served 30 days in the district’s alternative education placement and are back at McNeil.
Elizabeth says her son should be the one that returned.
“He has a ton of friends at McNeil and he should be enjoying it too, and now he’s not doing that,” explains Elizabeth.
More importantly, she hopes students, parents and school districts learn from her son’s humiliation and start taking social media seriously. “We have to make an example of these people who are doing these crimes because this is where we are going to stop it.”
Round Rock ISD says it monitors social media for threats and cyber-bullying in a number of ways, and hold students responsible if they violate the student code of conduct. They also use a program called “Anonymous Alerts” and follow up on each of those reports, whether it’s self-harm, depression or otherwise.
Two other Central Texas teenagers are also facing charges, accused of sharing inappropriate images on Snapchat. Weston Wayne Narro and Thomas Wayne Fryer were charged in February.
Investigators say the 17-year-olds posted naked photos of female Bastrop ISD students on the app under an account titled “BHS Exposed.” Another juvenile student was also taken into custody. The account has been shut down.
There is still an active investigation underway in Blanco County after graphic images were discovered on social media involving Johnson City ISD students last month.