Charges may be filed after video featuring two minors being intimate in a high school hallway is leaked

Police in Lawrence, Mass., are investigating a video that was leaked on social media that appears to depict two minors engaging in a sexual act in a high school hallway, according to Chief Roy Vasque.

Police report that two students at Lawrence High School were captured on cellphone video engaging in a sex act in the hall after an extracurricular event. It is believed that the two students were boyfriend and girlfriend.

The underaged participants could face criminal charges, as could the people who may “have disseminated the video,” according to Vasque.

Those charges could include open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, as well as distributing child pornography, the chief told the North Andover, Mass., Eagle-Tribune.

The video was allegedly filmed in August, but went viral in November around the school campus and on social media. Police do not know who initially circulated the video.

“Who sent it to who is really the story here,” Vasque told the Eagle-Tribune. “You’re basically disseminating child pornography when you start sending this to other people.” 

Spokesman of Lawrence Public Schools Christopher Markuns, said in a statement: “We became aware today of content posted online of a pair of students engaged in sexual activity on the high school campus. While at this time it appears to have taken place earlier this fall following an after-school extracurricular event, an investigation is ongoing.”

“School discipline will be involved and there’s potential for criminal charges for these two and others involved,” Vasque said. “But I think it’s way too early for that.”

Plenty of members of the community chimed in on social media regarding the scandal.

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