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November 27, 2014

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School District investigating case of cyberbullying

Picture of undressed Durango High School student was circulated on Facebook, Twitter

The Clark County School District is investigating a photo that surfaced on social media of what appears to be a female student in her underwear on the campus of Durango High School.

The photo, which was circulated by other Clark County students on Twitter and Facebook, features several students taking cellphone pictures of the undressed student, who is standing next to some outdoor hallway lockers and holding her clothes to her face.

Some students on Twitter speculated that the female student was mentally challenged, but others denied it. The School District would not comment about the incident, citing student privacy laws and a pending investigation.

The School District sent this ParentLink message out to parents at the western Las Vegas Valley high school Wednesday morning:

“Please be advised that the Durango administration is actively investigating a social media issue involving several of our students. Safety and protection of our students is our highest priority, and this matter has our full attention. Kindly remind your child that cyberbullying and harassment are serious issues that will not be tolerated. Thank you.”

According to a new state law enacted in 2010, cyberbullying — bullying by means of electronic communication — is a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor that could land a cyberbully in jail.

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