WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — The Norwin School District and North Huntingdon Police are warning parents about a man asking girls for nude pictures on Snapchat.
The superintendent says a man is using the app to contact girls within the district.
He then asks for nude pictures in exchange for money.
“At this point, it’s an ongoing investigation with police,” said Dr. Jeff Taylor, Norwin School District Superintendent.
An alert was quickly sent out to all high school students.
“We want students to know technology is a very powerful tool for learning, but also there are, like anything else, there are dangers and we need to be aware of those dangers,” said Taylor.
It was Monday when he was contacted by the North Huntingdon Police Department.
“We told them, here’s where you go talk to your parents, report it to the police department,” said Taylor.
The Superintendent wouldn’t go into detail on just how many female students were contacted or if any actually sent nude pictures.
But he did encourage parents to talk to their kids about digital safety, something he says the district is proactive about.
“We want to make sure we share that information with parents as soon as we can. It’s something that the school district takes very seriously, it’s part of our curriculum, K-12.”
The district says if your child received one of these messages, you should call North Huntingdon Township Police at 724-863-8800.
In a statement sent home to parents and families, the school district says in part:
“The District encourages parents to discuss digital safety and the importance of not sending inappropriate pictures to anyone via text or social media with their children.”
Any parents with questions or concerned being encouraged to contact their child’s principal or school counselor.