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Evanston forfeits baseball playoff game after sexting incident

EvanstTownship High School 1600 Dodge Ave. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: June 26, 2013 6:12AM

An Evanston high school varsity baseball team forfeited its Thursday night playoff game after a group of students — including team members — allegedly “sexted” risque photos to each other.

Earlier this week, Evanston Township High School officials received a report that some female students had sent “inappropriate” photos of themselves to members of the varsity baseball team, Supt. Eric Witherspoon wrote in a letter to parents dated Thursday.

In turn, the baseball players allegedly shared those photos with others, he wrote.

The baseball team has forfeited its home playoff game against Taft High, IHSA assistant executive director Craig Anderson confirmed.

“It’s too bad,” Anderson said, adding the school’s athletic director said the team did not have enough players to participate in the game for disciplinary reasons.

Witherspoon said an investigation was launched into a “sexting situation” and “appropriate actions” were taken.

Evanston police and the Department of Children and Family Services had been consulted but will not be taking additional action, Witherspoon’s letter states.

Evanston High’s athletic director did not immediately return a call for comment.


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