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Local Agencies Investigate Cyberbullying Incident

During the week of November 5th, 2019, the Lowell Police Department was made aware of an incident that occurred at Holbrook Middle School.  In this incident, an unknown student utilized the “Air Drop” feature on their I-Phone to share a pornographic video on-campus. 

Air Drop is a feature available on iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs.  Air Drop lets a user instantly send files, photos and other content to other iPhone or Mac users who are physically close to you. Air drop enables the transfer of files using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. When a user receives an Air Drop notification, he/she can hit Accept or Decline.

Based on the content, students who received the pornographic video wrongly associated a fellow student as being involved.  Rumors began to spread throughout the school.  It was at this point school administration was made aware and Lowell Police were then contacted. At this time, it is unknown how many students received or re-distributed the video.  That is part of the ongoing investigation.

Lowell Police requested assistance from the Gaston County Police.  The Gaston County Police Criminal Investigations Unit became involved.  Through the investigative process, police were able to determine the video involved an adult and not a juvenile.  Unfortunately, the student who was wrongly associated became the target of extreme bullying.  As a result, Gaston County Schools are investigating the bullying incidents.

We encourage parents to be vigilant and pay attention to their children’s usage of social media.  Community members are encouraged to report these incidents to your local Police Department. 

The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact the Lowell Police Department Capt. C. Moore at 704-824-3518, Gaston County Police Detective J. Brienza at 704-866-3320 or Crimestoppers at 704-861-8000. 

There is no further information available at this time.