WASHINGTON — Montgomery County school officials are warning parents that an anonymous individual has been asking middle school students to send nude selfies on Snapchat, a popular social media and messaging platform.
A letter went out to parents of students Friday evening, days after school officials started hearing about the issue.
“Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has received multiple reports from community members that one or more individuals is posting inappropriate content on a private social media platform, including nude images of MCPS students,” said the letter to parents from Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Derek Turner.
The letter said that many of the nude photos posted were taken by the students themselves or with consent of the students.
Turner told NBC Washington that students have come forward from Mario Loiderman Middle School in Silver Spring, Farquhar Middle School in Olney and a third middle school that has not yet been named.
Montgomery County police are investigating the case.
School officials urge parents to talk to their children about their use of social media and to monitor their use of technology. Montgomery County Public Schools has online resources for parents, and school counselors are available.
Parents should contact police at 240-773-5400 if they believe their child has interacted with or has information about the Snapchat account.