UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — An investigation is underway after a high school student allegedly took a photo or video of another student inside a locker room. Police say then, she went one step further.
State police say this investigation into this alleged cyber-bullying — or an attempt to humiliate another student by posting picture using social media — is really just getting started. But they did tell us the person who allegedly did all this isn’t helping much.
State Police say the incident happened when an unnamed female student at Laurel Highlands High School was using her smartphone camera app where she shouldn’t have.
“A female was accused of, basically, inside the girls’ locker room, taking a video of another juvenile female inside the locker room without that female’s permission,” Trooper Stefani Lucas said.
Investigators say what allegedly happened next was even more disturbing.
“The girl took the video, then posted it on some form of social media,” Lucas said.
Troopers say several people saw the post before it was removed from the internet.
“My understanding is the female that was accused of initially posting the video isn’t cooperating with police at this point,” Lucas said.
But investigators say while she may not want to cooperate, her cell phone is now in evidence, and it’s in the hands of the State Police computer forensic lab.
As for why the video was uploaded in the first place, Lucas said, “I don’t know if it’s vindictive or for fun. I don’t think they truly understand the consequence, and the fact that it could follow them for the rest of their lives.”
Depending on what comes back from the State Police forensic lab, the student accused in all of this could potentially face charges ranging from invasion of privacy to Megan’s Law violations.