Tag Archives: Snapchat

MA Teen Admits Using Snapchat to Record Sexual Assault of Minor

Eighteen months ago, on September 3, 2014, a young woman in Saugus, MA saw four disturbing videos in her Snapchat app. The videos were sent to her by a high school friend, Timothy Cyckowski, and they depicted two people sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in a wooded area. The young woman could hear Cyckowski laughing…

An N-Word to the Wise: Digital Stupidity Threatens College Acceptances, Scholarships, and Much More

Senior picture days are a well-established right of passage in American high schools. They are a great opportunity for students to demonstrate school spirit, to capture memories to be laughed over at reunions decades hence, and generally to celebrate the impending transition from childhood to quasi-independent adulthood. The photo at the top of this post,…

9th Grade Students Bust FL Teacher for Watching Porn in Classroom

On Wednesday, October 28, a freshman at Mulberry High School in Mulberry, FL approached her teacher’s desk to ask a question about classwork that had been assigned. As she neared Vadi Velez-Gonzalez’s desk, she could see his iPhone lying face-up on his desk, and was shocked to see it displaying images of adult gay pornography.…

That’s Not Funny! Teen Arrested for Posting School Shooting ‘Joke’ on Snapchat

Joke or threat? That’s the question raised by an Arizona high school student’s ill-advised, reckless, fooolish Snapchat post showing a crowded hallway in the Sierra Linda High School in Phoenix. The male student captioned his photo “Planning the school shooting,” followed by three smiley faces. A 16-year-old student in Northglenn High School in Colorado named…

Trinity High School Teacher Patrick Newman Pleads Guilty to Child Exploitation Charges [*Update]

Back in June, I wrote about the case of Patrick Newman, a Social Studies teacher at Trinity High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Louisville, KY. Following a tip by Twitter to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, investigators determined that Newman had used Vine (a video app owned by Twitter), Kik, and…

Warning to Sec. Clinton: OR Teacher Discovers Snapchat Messages Don’t Always Disappear

Unless you’ve been living under a fairly large rock for the past few months, you are probably aware of the fact that former Secretary of State (and Democratic presidential candidate) Hillary Clinton has been in a little bit of hot water over the fact that she set up and used a private email server in…

MN Teacher Uses School-Issued iPad to Take “Creepshots” of Students

A 38-year-old Mora High School teacher named Benjamin Rossow is facing 17 charges of interference with privacy following the discovery that Rossow used his school-issued iPad to take so-called “creepshots” of numerous female students. As the Washington Post explained last fall, creepshots “are essentially just what they sound like: sneaky, surreptitious photos of a person’s,…

Northumbria Police Catch Children as Young as 10 Sexting

Out of the far northeast of England comes a disturbing report, courtesy of a Freedom of Information request filed by the Daily Mail. Over the last year, the Northumbria Police have investigated a number of sexting cases involving children as young as 10, 11, and 12 years of age. The Northumbria Police force is one…

PA Middle School Teacher Fired and Jailed for Texts to 12-year-old

The parents of a 12-year-old girl at the South Allegheny Middle School in McKeesport, PA discovered a series of disturbing texts on their daughter’s cell phone. The sender turned out to be 23-year-old Cole McLaughlin, a first-year social studies teacher at the school. According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, McLaughlin wrote to…