Nude photographs of former students from several area high schools appear to be circulating on a foreign-based website.
WMAQ-TV in Chicago reports the photos were posted on Anon-IB, a website where people request nude photographs by posting a woman's name, high school and graduating class.
The NBC station's investigation found images bearing the names of 67 Illinois high schools, including the following local high schools:
Canton's superintendent released the following statement to 25 News and HOI News:
"Our school district has been and always will be dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. As we prepare our students for the 21st century, we emphasize appropriate digital citizenship and the responsible use of technology. Although we cannot comment on any specific situations regarding current or former students, we are well aware that the inappropriate sharing of images has become a problem for children and schools across the country. We will continue to educate our students on the risks and consequences of sharing digital images, and we encourage them to speak up if they have questions or problems. If anyone feels their images have been shared without their permission, we encourage them to contact their local law enforcement agencies."
"We are not aware of any FCHS students, past or present, having any involvement with this website. Prior to today, we were not even aware of the existence of this website. It is grossly inappropriate and we encourage everyone to stay off of this site," said Farmington Superintendent Dr. John Asplund.
Fieldcrest Superintendent Dr. Dan Oakley released this statement:
"We are aware that inappropriate sharing of images has become a problem across the country. We will continue to educate our students on the risks and consequences of sharing digital images, as well as other items of concern or danger, via the internet or social media. We encourage our students to ask questions and to speak up if they are having issues.
If anyone in our community, whether student or adult, believes his or her image or other confidential information might have been shared without his or her permission, we encourage him or her to contact local law enforcement agencies or other appropriate agencies. We also encourage parents to talk their children about appropriate usage of digital technology and personal data and information."
The site also served as a repository for stolen nudes of celebrities and female Marines.
25 News and HOI News are reaching out to other school districts and law enforcement for additional comment.