Students at Durango High School said a photo depicting male students snapping pictures of a stripped girl happened on campus on Tuesday. The circulated photo is censored.
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Students at a Las Vegas high school said a picture circulating online, which shows a girl stripped of her clothes and nearly naked, happened on campus this week.
Several Durango High School students who spoke to FOX5 Wednesday said they have seen the picture on social media, which depicts several boys taking pictures of the girl in her underwear.
"Everybody was talking about it. We saw it and said, ‘What's this?'" Durango student Amber Kjan said.
"I think it's embarrassing for the girl and her whole family, because she has a picture of her online, stripped and almost bare naked," student Nate Lopez said. "Why would someone do that?"
According to some students at the school, the picture was taken Tuesday afternoon in an upstairs school hallway. They said that was about the time rumors began to surface.
"At first, everyone is making it seem like she is ‘special ed,' but she is really not," Kjan said. "Then, they said that the guys made her do it on purpose, but I feel it's her fault."
Kjan continued, "She is not mentally challenged. She is a perfectly normal girl who decided to make a bad decision."
It was not known who took the picture and who uploaded it. The fact, though, that it was done has students shaking their heads.
"I think it's really wrong," another student, Brooke Behnen, said. "It's bullying and I have a big problem with bullying because I've been through it myself and I know what it feels like."
Brooke's mother Michele Behnen condemned the whole situation.
"It breaks my heart that kids do this to other kids," Michele Behnen said. "I hate the whole social media outlet. I'm totally against it and it's shameful."
Clark County School District did not speak specifically about the matter. The school district, though, issued a statement to parents through its Parentlink system, saying:
"Please be advised that the Durango administration is actively investigating a social media issue involving several of our students. Safety and protection of our students is our highest priority and this matter has our full attention. Kindly remind your child that cyber bullying and harassment are serious issues that will not be tolerated. Thank you."
Some Durango students also claimed everyone seen in the circulated photo, including the teenage girl, were spotted at the principal's office on Wednesday. CCSD could not confirm if any disciplinary action was made.
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