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October 5, 2013

Beverly teens in hot water over video

Students suspended for watching 'suggestive' video

BEVERLY — About a half-dozen Beverly High School students were suspended and 11 Briscoe Middle School students are facing consequences for viewing a “suggestive” video made by a female student, Interim Superintendent Albert Argenziano said.

The high school students have already served one-day or three-day suspensions, Argenziano said. Briscoe administrators are scheduled to meet with parents on Monday to determine punishment for those students.

Beverly police have been involved in the investigation but no criminal charges will be filed, said Officer Michael Boccuzzi, the department spokesman. Boccuzzi described the suspensions as “educational.”

Argenziano said there are laws against disseminating explicit material, but school officials are trying to give students consequences without giving them a criminal record. Most of the students are eighth- or ninth-graders, he said.

“These kids have made mistakes, and we’re trying to provide consequences for their actions but at the same time trying not to ruin their lives,” he said.

The students are being punished for viewing and/or passing along a video made last year by a Briscoe Middle School student, Argenziano said.

The girl sent the video to her boyfriend last year when both were eighth-graders at Briscoe. They are now freshmen at Beverly High School. The girl was the only person in the video, which Argenziano described as “suggestive.”

When the girl and boy broke up this year, the boy forwarded the video to some friends, who in turn forwarded it to other students, Argenziano said.

Argenziano said a student came forward to tell school officials about the video. Police investigated and determined which students had viewed it.

High school students who watched the video and then deleted it were suspended for one day. High school students who viewed the video and passed it along were suspended for three days.

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