New Jersey student accused of sharing explicit video of 12-year-old

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Friday, May 31, 2019
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New Jersey student accused of sharing explicit video of 12-year-old. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 4pm on May 31, 2019.

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. (WPVI) -- Parents are being urged to talk to their children after a student was charged with allegedly sharing an explicit video of a 12-year-old classmate on social media.

The junior high student in the Pinelands Regional School District was charged by Little Egg Harbor police.

That's according to a statement from Superintendent Melissa McCooley.

McCooley goes on to ask parents to speak to their children after several other students reposted the video.

"Please understand that the student depicted in the video is 12 years old, therefore, this is classified as child pornography. Those reposting a video such as this could be subject to criminal charges as well," the statement reads.

"It is evident that students need additional education regarding the ramifications of sending inappropriate messages/videos and social media."

On Friday we spoke with several neighbors who agree with McCooley.

They hope, with the effort of parents, this is the last time something like this will happen here.

Nancy Snyder of New Gretna said, "Parents need to talk more and look away from their phones, too bad if they don't like it."

They're also hoping students reflect on how serious and damaging posting things to social media and the internet can be.

Myrna Haeberle of Little Egg Harbor Township said, "It's never going to go away. It's always going to be there. It's always going to be online."

McCooley said she would reach out to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office for assistance.