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Wheaton students charged with harassment after doctored images posted online

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 4:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014 4:50 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – Two students have been charged with eight various counts of harassment and obscenity after allegedly participating in the use of fake social media accounts to post inappropriate pictures of Edison Middle School students and staff, according to DuPage County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Paul Darrah.

The charges include four felony counts, Darrah said, and were filed May 23. The two 14-year-olds will be tried in juvenile court, and their names have not been released due to their age.

The allegations stem from social media accounts that featured several doctored pictures of Edison students and staff. Community Unit School District 200 officials discovered the accounts and shut them down in May.

District Director of Public Relations Erica Loiacono said the situation reinforced to the district its need for continued efforts to educate parents and students.

"We point the parents to the resources that we have available," she said. "We already planned to continue to host parenting seminars this fall around this kind of arena of social media and how to communicate appropriately and responsibly."

The teens are due in court June 26 for a status hearing, according to Darrah.

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