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New Braunfels students at center of 'inappropriate selfies' investigation

Investigation involves several students at 9th Grade Center

An investigation is underway in New Braunfels after a parent found inappropriate pictures on their child's school-issued iPad.

The New Braunfels Police Department is investigating several high school students believed to be involved in the sharing of inappropriate pictures.

District officials called the pictures "inappropriate selfies" and said they were shared using personal devices and school-issued iPads. The investigation is focusing on the New Braunfels ISD 9th Grade Center, but officials fear the pictures could have spread to other campuses and the general public.

"It originated at home on a cell phone and somehow found its way into the school," said the district's director of communications, Rebecca Villarreal.

The New Braunfels Police Department is working to determine where the photos originated and which students shared them.

"They started doing forensics on the different iPads or devices. It's just a regular investigation, trying to find out if there is any kind of criminal connection," said Lt. Craig Christopherson.

The district would not confirm the number of students believed to be involved, but several students have been questioned and had their mobile devices confiscated.

"We were able to follow that electronic trail and get the students, pull them in, look at their devices, whether it was personal or school issue, and just go from there," Villarreal said.

Under the district's Appropriate Use Policy, which regulates the use of technology on NBISD campuses, students found to be involved in the taking or sharing of the photos are subject to suspension or expulsion.

Investigators will meet with district officials on Thursday to update them on the investigation.

Any parents concerned that their child may have been involved are asked to contact the school district.