A student at Clayton Valley High School in California has been expelled for sharing a nude video of a school executive while in a locker room Feb. 27.
Daily Mail reports that one student has been expelled and several others have been suspended after a nude photo still of Clayton Valley’s executive director, David Linzey, had been circulated around the school.
The high school suspended students in an effort to suppress the video from being spread, but parents argued that their children were unfairly targeted, according to CBS News.
“You cannot tell me out of all the kids here at school, only five sent it to somebody,” one parent told CBS News.
Most students were aware that taking the photo was wrong but felt the administration was taking disciplinary action a bit too far, according to Daily Mail.
Other students were concerned about the level of scrutiny they felt from the administration. Some students claimed they were threatened with suspension if they did not relinquish their cell phones for inspection, according to KNTV.
“They take people out of class and threaten them with suspension if they don’t relinquish their phones for complete searches, which is against the law,” senior Alissa Guevara told KNTV.
Guevara stated the search violated students’ right to privacy, and some students did nothing more than receive a text about the photo rather than the photo itself.
“They’re definitely ones that just got the picture and never forwarded it to anyone,” Guevara told KNTV. “And a lot of their private photos were looked through.”
Clayton Valley administrators were reluctant to go on camera but released a statement regarding the incident, according to CBS News.
“[Clayton Valley Charter High School] takes disciplinary issues seriously and we never comment publicly on any specific matter related to our students,” the statement read.
“We would encourage the media to respect the privacy of our students and to recognize that discipline is always confidential.”
CBS News also reached out to the local sheriff department to see if the student who took the photo could face criminal charges. There was no immediate response.
Sources: Daily Mail