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Parents learn disturbing details into Canon City sexting scandal

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Administrators at Canon City High School laid out just how serious the sexting scandal has grown into.

They held two meetings for parents, one for football parents and one for all other parents on Thursday night.

Inside of the meetings, parents learned there's a possibility that hundreds of students may have been involved. A disturbing situation for all families.

"I felt like it was not fair, they are obviously showing that it's more fault on the guys than it is the girls and I don't think that's fair at all," Nikki Coleman, a sophomore at Canon City High School said.

Hundreds packed the Tiger Dome on Thursday night to hear from administrators and authorities about the accusations of taking and trading of nude photos of high school students.

"The girls have much as a part of it as the guys saying that the guys are just doing it, is not fair," Coleman said.

Her classmate, Jacine Valdez added, "The guys pressure us."

Administrators say it's not an isolated incident but a school-wide problem.

"We all contributed, it's not just one specific person it's everyone," Valdez said.

Some parents came to the meeting for their kids who were not involved.

"I just hope that they don't judge everybody at the school by what some people did," Marco Waldero, a parent said.

"It's not just a football team, it's a huge problem everywhere and if we don't get our kids educated the proper way and let them know there's consequences for their actions then... You know?" Michele Barnes, a parent of a football player said.

The problem so serious, the football team forfeited the last game of the season. 

Some at the meeting questioned whether the school has been ignoring the problem for years.

"Last year I did bring up something on the people that did start it and they dropped it. This has been going on for several years," Valdez said.

Superintendent George Welsh wouldn't comment about that claim but said, "It's going on everywhere, my suspicion is with modern technology."

The school district, stressing the importance of parents educating their kids.

"It's our responsibility as adults to educate children to make good and bad decisions and let them know what the consequences are for their behavior," Barnes said.

According to administrators, students were using new technology to hide what they were doing and app stores are flooded with software to help them do just that. One specific app called "Photo Vault" was a primary tool students used to disguise the photos.

Police also provided the information for two school resource officers at Canon City High School, which students and parents can meet with, if they may have been involved.

Male students and parents can contact Steve Huskey at 719-431-3299 or swhuskey@canoncity.org.

Female students and parents can contact Tanis Loomis at 719-431-3400 or tmloomis@canoncity.org

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