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Shock and anger shook the Metro Louisville community after racy, raunchy and some nude pictures of teenage girls in Louisville showed up on Instagram. Shock and anger shook the Metro Louisville community after racy, raunchy and some nude pictures of teenage girls in Louisville showed up on Instagram.
The most common lesson at Manual High School Friday was not English, science or math -- it's a crash course in consequences and social media responsibility. The most common lesson at Manual High School Friday was not English, science or math -- it's a crash course in consequences and social media responsibility.
School leaders say teenage girls started coming forward Thursday, telling administrators of inappropriate images and sexual lists on the social media site. School leaders say teenage girls started coming forward Thursday, telling administrators of inappropriate images and sexual lists on the social media site.
One parent wrote on Facebook that a couple of deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were at Eastern High School too, and several girls were distraught. One parent wrote on Facebook that a couple of deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were at Eastern High School too, and several girls were distraught.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shock and anger shook the Metro Louisville community after racy, raunchy and some nude pictures of teenage girls in Louisville showed up on Instagram.

Now an investigation is underway that involves at least eight JCPS high schools.

The most common lesson at Manual High School Friday was not English, science or math -- it's a crash course in consequences and social media responsibility. That's the conversation teacher Nicole Finley is having one day after nude and explicit photos of teenage girls from several JCPS high schools were discovered on Instagram.

"I think if we were to look at these kids and talk to them -- not talk at them -- and say we are truly concerned and ask them, 'Are you able to deal with the emotional anguish that will come along with this inappropriate picture if it goes further than your intended audience?" she explained.

JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey said the school district is taking significant action.

"The three-fold approach right now: one is the investigation -- trying to find out who's responsible, if there is someone responsible at the school, trying to provide help for anyone who believes they've been victimized because there's an emotional and psychological toll with that," Jackey said. "And then third is really the education....the permanent nature of the effects of what happens on the Internet."

School leaders say teenage girls started coming forward Thursday, telling administrators of inappropriate images and sexual lists on the social media site.

WDRB can confirm that principals at Jeffersontown High School and Seneca High School sent letters home Friday telling parents of the photos, but many more schools are involved.

One parent wrote on Facebook that a couple of deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office were at Eastern High School too, and several girls were distraught.

Finley is both a teacher and a parent, and says she has seen this before. She's sharing that experience with students today.

"One of the kids I mentor -- she didn't want to go outside anymore," Finley said. "She didn't want to go to the football game. She didn't want to go to church."

"I fell that as parents and educators, it is our job to teach these kids how to make mindful and prudent decisions and how to use media -- and especially social media -- adequately," she added.

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