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Police investigate texts, emails involving New Trier students

Updated: September 18, 2012 7:43PM

WINNETKA — Police have announced they are in the preliminary stages of an investigation involving text messages and/or emails involving New Trier High School students.

The brief statement, issued by the Winnetka Police Department, indicates that police are working with New Trier High School, and that there is no other information available at this time.

District 203 Superintendent Linda Yonke sent a letter to parents Friday night stating New Trier administrators were recently made aware of allegations that some students had transmitted text messages or emails containing “inappropriate pictures” to other students.

In her letter Yonke said the district began an investigation and after “extensive initial interviews,” referred the matter to the Winnetka Police Department. Yonke said all parents of students interviewed by New Trier staff have been contacted about the issue.

“We know students may want to talk about this issue at home, and we hope families can use this opportunity to reinforce our internet safety messages and to discuss the consequences and permanency of actions involving the internet, social media, texting or other forms of electronic communication,” Yonke said in the letter. “We plan to work with parents and students to offer additional programs on the safe and responsible use of technology.”

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