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QLD School Suspends Students Involved In Alleged Porn Ring

A Queensland school has suspended 22 students after they were found to be sharing explicit images of each other with other classmates. 

Palm Beach Currumbin High School on the Gold Coast suspended the year nine boys and girls for between three to 20 days each and will follow up with a cyber safety course for students and parents on the pupil's return. 

Principal Stephen Loggie said staff were working closely with the parents and students to ensure they have the knowledge and tools to make better choices in the future. 

"(The school) is working with the parents of these students to ensure their young people make better decisions in the future," Mr Loggie has told The Gold Coast Bulletin.

The father of one suspended student, who didn't want to be named, told the paper his son had only received the images, and had not passed them on.

But the man said he'd had a very stern conversation with his son about the dangers of such activity.

"It's mortifying to think this is going on and innocent kids are getting caught in the crossfire," he said.

"This is going on right under our noses and there's probably a lot more to it than we know about. These pictures will very easily go up online of naked 14-year-old girls - our daughters. It's just disgraceful."

Another anonymous parent at the school was unaware of the incident previous to the media uproar - although his daughter was not implicated.

“It’s a shock for me that something would happen at our school but it is a massively big school, so the percentages are there and they are young students in that 13 to 14 age bracket - when they are exploring and trying to push the boundaries a little bit,” the parent said.

“It’s reflective of the day and age that we live in, with social media being so prevalent.

“Instead of wrapping them across the knuckles I think in this day and age… they [PBC] are really good and have programs around everything and their consequences.”

While concerned about the situation, he believed the school acted professionally and appropriately.

“I think the school is terrific and very professional with the way they go about their business – from what I can see, the principal has addressed this head on,” he said.

“You have to take strong action to discourage kids from doing similar things – they are at an age where they are still naïve and they had a misfire.

“But I think the school has acted quickly and appropriately in not just suspending the kids but - from what I understand - will put them through programs what will help them understand the folly of their actions.”

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