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Police investigating sexting at Lake Zurich High School

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  • Lake Zurich police say they are investigating a report of sexting between students who attend the village's high school.

      Lake Zurich police say they are investigating a report of sexting between students who attend the village's high school.
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Lake Zurich police are investigating a report of sexting between students at Lake Zurich High School.

Chief Steven Husak said Monday that police were notified after Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials received an anonymous tip about the accusations.

"We'll look into it," Husak said. "It's an active investigation. So with an active investigation with juveniles, there's not much we're going to say on that."

District 95 spokeswoman Jean Malek said it was a group effort to identify what reportedly occurred.

"Thanks to a concerned parent, dedicated staff and partnership with our police, we have identified the problem, have brought it to the proper authorities and will continue our work with families to educate their kids and hold them accountable to an ethical standard of digital behavior," Malek said.

Lake Zurich High School Resource Officer Mark Frey is investigating the case, Husak said.

Principal Kent Nightlinger sent a message to parents after the anonymous tip was received last week. He said police in Lake Zurich and Hawthorn Woods were promptly notified after the sexting information was received.

"It appears that most of the related activity occurred off school grounds and after school hours," Nightlinger wrote. "Because sexting can constitute a criminal offense, the law enforcement agencies will continue to take the lead in investigating this matter. Interviews of students by school officials will focus on violations of district policy."

Specific details of the investigation will not be released in accordance with student privacy laws, he added.

District 95's boundaries include Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer and unincorporated areas of Lake County.

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