Parents and students warned after ‘explicit’ video goes viral

PUBLISHED: 16:56 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 08 December 2017

Schools have warmed parents after the video went viral.

Schools have warmed parents after the video went viral.

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Schools across Somerset have warned parents today (Friday) to ‘be aware’ after an ‘explicit’ video of two children went viral on social media.

Pupils from Sidcot School and Kings Of Wessex Academy, in Cheddar, attended an assembly this afternoon after a video showing indecent images of two children was shared across Snapchat, Instagram and other platforms.

In a email to parents, Sidcot School said: “Sidcot has been contacted about the sharing of an explicit video which in a week has gone viral and has made its way onto the devices of some children at South Gloucestershire and Somerset secondary schools.

“We believe some students may also have been sent and have viewed this video in recent days.”

Kings posted on its website to say: “Please be aware, today we have been advised by Avon and Somerset police there exists a link on some young people’s social media Snapchat feed to an explicit video of an obscene nature; which our young people at Kings might already have accessed.

“Staff have spoken with all our young people this afternoon in assemblies to reassure them what action they should take if they were to receive the link and of the support available in school next week, if needed.”

Hampshire Police, where the matter is being dealt with, said: “We are aware of an explicit video involving a child which has been distributed via social media.

“If you have received this explicit video on Snapchat or by any other means you must delete it immediately.

“The subjects in the video have been identified and steps are being taken to safeguard them.”

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