RCMP launch child pornography investigation at Auburn Drive High School

RCMP logo on patrol car.
RCMP logo on patrol car. Mario Beauregard / The Canadian Press Images

HALIFAX – RCMP are investigating an alleged case of child pornography at Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour.

Doug Hadley, spokesman for the Halifax Regional School Board, said the school became aware of the situation on Wednesday.

A statement from HRSB said a female student, who RCMP say is under the age of 18, approached administration and told them a male student had shared a picture of her with his friends without her consent.

The statement said it is unclear how the male student obtained the photo and how much it had been shared.

The school spoke with the male student Wednesday, who confirmed he shared the picture. It also spoke to parents of both students and other students who may have received the photo.

“That’s basically where we sit,” Hadley said.

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Sgt. Andy Kerr with the Halifax RCMP said staff at the school contacted the RCMP school liaison officer Thursday morning.

RCMP said they could not get into specifics such as the nature of the pictures, whether one or several pictures were shared or whether any items have been taken for investigation, such as laptops and cells phones.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Kerr said.

The statement from HRSB said the action of sharing the photo without consent is a violation of the school’s code of conduct.