HUDSON, Fla. - An investigation is ongoing in Pasco County to see if criminal charges will be filed against students accused of video recording a sex act in the library.
No criminal charges have been filed yet, but the Pasco school district says the three students involved have been suspended. They would not release the length of the suspensions.
Because those in the video are minors, anyone sharing the video could be guilty of child pornography.
This is the disturbing automated call that went out to Fivay High School parents on Friday:
"Hello, this is Angie Stone, principal of Fivay High School. I'm calling regarding a very disturbing situation that took place this week. Law enforcement is investigating the videotaping of an inappropriate act between two students. We have learned that a student recorded this and shared it with others. That is a violation of the student code of conduct, and a felony under Florida law — so violators are subject to legal consequences. Anyone involved will face disciplinary consequences at school as well. We are calling all parents so you can talk to your student about whether he or she has received a copy. Mere possession of this content is a felony so it should be deleted and not further distributed. This is an ongoing investigation, so additional information is not yet available. I will update you on additional elements when appropriate. Thank you."
The sex act happened during school hours in the media center, on tables behind some book shelves.
"Obviously, nobody was paying attention. So it just went on," said one Hudson student.
Word spread fast on social media sites. Most of the references on Twitter are too profane to publish, but one post reads, "this guy will remain a legend at Fivay forever."
One of the main concerns was the fear the video would end up going viral. That's why the school district worked with the Pasco Sheriff's Office to let parents know and send out that message from Fivay's principal.
"Having this thing go viral would have been horrendous, because what we are doing. Being proactive, we are going to send a message to anybody involved who committed a criminal act, they are going to be arrested," said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.
As for the media center, we are told changes have been made inside to make sure nothing like this can happen again.
"Those book shelves have been moved over along the wall, so there's nothing obstructing the view," said Pasco school district spokesperson Linda Cobbe.
The Sheriff's office tells me they feel like they stopped the spread of the video before it got out of control.
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