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Ridgewood Police Department is investigating possible “sexting” incidents involving school-aged students

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Important letter from Dr. Fishbein:
Dear Parents/Guardians,
I have been informed that the Ridgewood Police Department is investigating possible “sexting” incidents involving school-aged students in the school district. While these incidents did not happen at school, school authorities are working in conjunction with the Ridgewood Police Department on the investigation.


Often, students participate in the sharing of provocative images of themselves without realizing the potential consequences. I want all parents to be advised that the possession and/or transmission of sexually revealing or explicit images, or any material of that nature, constitutes the very serious crime of possession and transmission of child pornography. It is illegal to create/manufacture, transfer, transmit or possess child pornography. These acts fall under NJ Statute 2C:24-4, “Endangering the Welfare of Children.”
The matter under investigation by the Ridgewood Police Department is a serious issue that demands a prompt and appropriate response. The Ridgewood Police Department asks that you contact Detective Mormino at 201-670-5500, ext. 434 if you feel that your child is involved in this situation or you have information that will assist in the investigation.
I chose to send this letter to parents and guardians of students in grades 6-12 because I know that even middle school students use risk-prone apps. We do educate our students in the proper use of technology and social media, and we will continue to work with our staff to help them address safe technology use with our students. It is equally imperative that parents and guardians speak with their children and also monitor their phone use, which in reality is likely your phone that they are using.
Please be assured that we will always take every appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of our students.
Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
Sincerely yours,
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

7 thoughts on “Ridgewood Police Department is investigating possible “sexting” incidents involving school-aged students

  1. SEXTING !!!
    Are you sure that was the word you wanted to use when referring to 13 yr old little girls?
    Do you know what today is ? It’s the international Day of the Girl !
    By using the work sexting you are re victimizing the victims.
    Sometimes you need to think before you quickly react and send these emails

    I recall when there was a horrible fight between two boys your email was void of the incident that started it …. that being the a forward of a nude photo of one of their girlfriends…. why no mention of “sexting” then ? Maybe had the dialogue been opened then none of this would have occurred ???????

    To re victimize a victim is shaming them. They are little girls !

    Did you forget about the media 5 yrs ago all over the HS bc of the Ridgewood nudes post ….. I don’t recall you calling that sexting !
    This is a sad situation and should be treated as such for the victims and they should all learn from it in a sensitive manner

  2. If I were the above writer, I would go the next BOE meeting and read it out loud in front of mic. Let Fishbein answer you.

  3. If I were the above writer (Lulu), I go to the doctor and increase my meds.

  4. This is really, really heartbreaking news. But it doesn’t surprise me since Gwenn Hauck and Paul Aronsohn served as our Village’s role models for 4 years.

  5. How long will it take for people of all ages to realize that images (still & video) can and will be shared almost instantly regardless of any safeguards you might think are in place.

  6. The Ridgewood School administrators surely can’t stop everything, but as this blog has correctly reported in the last week, bullying and Cyberbullying has been rampant in the Ridgewood schools by students and athletes for a decade under this administration. When will they be held accountable?

  7. Why is the school even involved?
    These incidents happened off campus.
    The school is not the parent…. nor the police.
    When did they become Big Brother?
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