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Nude Pictures of Freshman Girls at Florida High School Posted on Website

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Around a dozen nude photos of freshman girls at a Miami high school were posted on a website, some photos even revealing their names.

They attended Weston Cypress Bay High School. When the site went live, many of the teens accessed it through their phones, some pointing at and teasing the girls who were featured on it. 

They believe the photos were posted on the site by a classmate. The girls are 14 and 15 years old.

Police are now investigating the site and considering it possible child pornography. 

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It has since been taken offline, but not before it was shared on Twitter.

Many students commented about the site on Twitter. "Wow. Feel bad for the girls," one user wrote. 

"Exactly why I always say girls shouldn't send nudes. Once it's SENT, they can do WHATEVER they want with it," another user said.

Though the high schoolers likely thought it wasn't a crime to look at the site, authorities say that anyone who tweeted the photos or forwarded it could face jail time and child pornography charges.

"Once those images are on their phone or iPad or computer, even if they delete them, they're in possession," criminal defense attorney Janet Johnson said. "They can't wipe that off of their hard drive."

Students were surprised that the site remained online after authorities were alerted of its presence, but police said they had to keep it online while they determined the ages of the girls.

"It's not that simple," BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said. "You have to prove that a crime has been committed, that there is in fact illegal activity, before you can demand that a site be taken down."

Though the high school is known for having a good academic reputation, it has encountered several sex scandals over the years.

In 2009, police found a 17-year-old student was using his phone to take pictures of girls while they were using the bathroom. And in 2012, police investigated a social studies teacher and wrestling coach for accusations that he was having a sexual relationship with a student.

The student came forward and admitted to the relationship, but since she was 18 and it was consensual, police did not file any charges.

Sources: Daily Mail, Miami Herald