Investigators confiscated cellphones as part of an investigation into possible child pornography.
Durham Sheriff's Office said multiple students reported that sexually explicit video of students at the school had been shared to social media without one of the student's permission.
As part of his investigation, the school's resource officer spoke to an administrator at Riverside High School who confirmed he had learned that students were using a classroom to engage in sexual activity.
ABC11 learned Monday that a female student reported to a school resource officer that she had argued with a boy over leaked videos of the two having sex. The female student said the video of her performing a sex act on the boy was filmed against her will. She said the boy began to tell other students about the video.
WHOA: An administrator at Riverside High School says there’s a classroom where teens go to have sex. One sex act captured on video and uploaded to Instagram against the female student’s will a warrant says. @DurhamSheriff deputy has confiscated the victim and the boy’s 📱#ABC11— Tim Pulliam (@TimABC11) May 22, 2019
According to a search warrant obtained by ABC11, other students reported to the SRO that the boy uploaded the video to Instagram live on social media. The live footage gave the boy's social media followers access to the sexually explicit content.
Durham Public Schools released the following statement about the investigation.
Riverside Principal Tonya Williams and her team, as well as the Durham County Office of the Sheriff, are investigating allegations that some students engaged in inappropriate sexual activity on the Riverside campus that was then shared to social media. Principal Williams has taken steps to help prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Due to student privacy laws we cannot share any more information on the subject, but we are investigating, and the safety and privacy of our students is our highest concern.
Deputies with Durham Sheriff's Office confiscated the cellphones of the alleged victim and the boy. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said the investigation into the case is ongoing.