The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a sexually explicit video made by a Windsor Knolls Middle School pupil and a county high school student, officials confirmed Friday.
At about noon Thursday, Windsor Knolls teachers and administration got wind that students were discussing an explicit video in which both students reportedly appear.
The Windsor Knolls student had recorded sex acts with a county high schooler on a personal device, said Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer. Doerrer declined to identify either student’s grade or sex, or what school the high schooler attends.
The recording was not distributed, said Doerrer, but a group of six or seven students — friends with the Windsor Knolls student involved in the recording — had jokingly discussed paying that student for the content.
The device containing the video was confiscated by Windsor Knolls administrators, who confirmed that it contained explicit material.
The Windsor Knolls student was disciplined, and the actions of the high schooler are still being investigated. Doerrer declined to provide details or whether they had been removed from school.
Parents of both the student in the video and those friends the students told were brought to Windsor Knolls to discuss consequences, Doerrer said.
The sheriff’s office was notified Thursday and is investigating whether charges will be brought against anyone, Doerrer said.
Deputy 1st Class Amanda Hatcher, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, confirmed in an email that the case had been forwarded to a detective. No arrests have been made.
No communication on the incident was sent out by the school system Thursday or Friday morning, despite central office staff being informed Thursday. Doerrer said that the school system was attempting to protect the privacy of the students involved.
Windsor Knolls Middle School Principal T.C. Suter sent an email to parents Friday afternoon regarding the incident. Suter did not return a phone call seeking comment.
“While there was poor judgment used by our students on many levels in this situation, I want to take moment to highlight one issue in particular,” Suter wrote in the email. “Please use this opportunity to talk with your child about the dangers of recording, posting, or sharing inappropriate material of any sort. In the age of smart phones and social media, even material that we think is personal or private may not stay private for long. Unfortunately, many students (and adults for that matter) often don’t consider the full ramifications and consequences of their digital footprints.”
(An earlier version of this story contained a source’s error. It stated that the high school student had already been disciplined.)Follow Jeremy Bauer-Wolf on Twitter: @jbeowulf.