Sexting Allegations Emerge at Catholic High School in Fairfax

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    Parents and school administrators are responding to sexting allegations at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va. (Published Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013)

    Allegations surfaced online last week that a female student at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va., was forced to withdraw from the school after allegedly sending inappropriate photos of herself to boys in the school.

    The website Jezebel first published the allegations. They claim that the girl texted a topless photo of herself to two boys on a dare. She later heard that one of the boys had sent the image to everyone on the lacrosse team, Jezebel said.

    The administration at Paul VI will not release specific details on the case.

    However, a statement from Principal Virginia Colwell reads in part, "It is my hope that our alumni have learned many lessons as they have left us, two [of those lessons] being not to believe everything they read (especially on the Internet); and that there are always two sides to every story."

    The girl's mother wrote in a letter to superintendent Sr. Bernadette McManigal that she didn't feel her daughter and the boys in the case were treated equally, Jezebel reported.

    "Perhaps the biggest problem I have is that there was no compassion shown to my daughter," she allegedly wrote. "...Why weren't the children brought in all together and asked what happened? Why were the boys called to the [athletic director]'s office with their coach while my daughter was in with the Dean of Students?"

    Michael Donohue, spokesperson for the Diocese of Arlington, wrote in an email, "The story hyped in Jezebel does not accurately reflect the actual event."

    Several parents who did not want to go on camera said they felt confident in how the school handled the incident, and that the online reports were overblown.

    Fairfax County Police would not comment whether they're investigating, saying it's a juvenile matter.