Important letter from Dr. Fishbein:
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.
Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools