A letter to parents posted on the Evanston Township High School website on May 23 says that the high school received a report earlier this week about students involved in sexting – conduct that the school describes as “sending, sharing, viewing, receiving or possessing indecent visual depictions of oneself or another person over the internet or via cell phones.”

Superintendent Eric Witherspoon’s letter says the report “alleged that ETHS girls had sent inappropriate photos of themselves to ETHS boys who were members of the varsity baseball team, and some of the boys, in turn, were circulating the inappropriate photos.” Administrators investigated the allegations and took “appropriate action,” including “consulting” with the Evanston Police Department and the Department of Children and Family Services. “At this time they have declined to take any action,” the letter stated.

The letter did not specify what actions were taken but said this incident “is not an isolated one.” Dr. Witherspoon advised parents to talk with their children about “the consequences of sexting … and the pressure to send revealing photos and discuss the importance of self-respect and respect for others.”

In a separate letter, ETHS Athletic Director Chris Livatino said, “We believe that the complicit behavior of the team and the degradation of fellow female classmates is completely unacceptable. … For that reason, we do not feel that the team should represent ETHS in the IHSA State baseball playoffs.”