RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Red Bluff Joint Union High School District is taking steps to educate their students on the dangers of sending inappropriate pictures through cell phones or social media, also known as 'sexting'.
Officers with the Red Bluff Police Department explained an investigation into one student shed light on the larger issue of sexting at the school.
It's been a couple weeks since officials said there was a sexting issue at Red Bluff High School and the superintendent of the school district Todd Brose explained they are taking steps and will continue to educate their students on the dangers of sexting
The school district, with the help of other agencies, is making a podcast series and the first podcast was played to their students last week.
"The information was about the emotional impacts that can happen on our students and our children with sexting," Brose said.
He added the students were responsive to the podcast.
"After the podcast, there was a lot of good discussion about it. Our teachers did a good job spending that 20 minutes. But we also had some students say 'Hey we want to be a part of the podcast as well'," Brose explained. "So that was really impressive by our students and I commend them for that because that's what we really want to get to a whole student movement in regards to this issue."
Another podcast is expected to be released for the students to listen to.
"We now have a second podcast we will be posting to our website soon about the legal impacts, where we interview the police department and some other legal entities," he said.
Brose said that it is going to take a community to combat this issue.
On May 31 at 6 p.m. in the Red Bluff High School cafeteria, there will be a town hall meeting with the school district, the Red Bluff Police Department, Tehama County Department of Education, and Alternatives to Violence.
"We are really going to make it an awareness and educationally piece to the community, our parents, even our students," he explained.
Brose added that everyone is invited.
He mentioned because school is out in just a couple weeks he wants to remind parents to continue to have an open discussion with their teens about the dangers of sexting.
Brose said the podcasts are available for free on their website and encourages parents to listen to them with their teens.
If you are interested in listening to the first podcast with your teen click here.