[KHTS] – Two Saugus High students were arrested this week for allegedly posting “inappropriate photos,” Hart district officials said Thursday.
The arrests were not made on campus, officials said. The names and ages of the suspects are not being released, according to officials.
Detectives with the Special Victims Bureau of the Sheriff’s Department are not releasing any information in connection with the arrests.
There is wide speculation online and in social media the arrests are tied to “SCV Purge,” a series of crimes committed online involving the posting of pictures of underage girls and private information.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials referred all inquiries to the Special Victims Bureau, which is handling the investigation.
In the case of the “SCV Purge,” using the Twitter handle @scvpurge1, the suspects allegedly posted dozens of naked or near-nude photos of teenage girls July 16 — many of whom were underage — that were solicited online.
They then published the private messages from people who sent him pictures and private information about other Santa Clarita Valley teens. The account quickly gained more than 2,000 followers.
Shortly before the SCV Purge account was taken down for a final time, the username and password were tweeted out, leading many to log in to the account.
The incident prompted Hart district officials to share the following advice from sheriff’s officials with parents, regarding suggested dialogue with their children about social media activity:
– Establish guidelines with your child before allowing him or her to use social media such as reviewing your child’s posts before posting.
– Ensure your child is using privacy settings
– Caution your child about the dangers of posting inappropriate or provocative information or images. Teach them that once something is posted online, it cannot be taken back.
– Encourage your children to come to you if anything on a blog site or social media makes him or her feel uncomfortable and to always let you know if there is an attempt by a stranger to contact them or engage in conversation.
From a previous story:
One of the initial accounts, SCV Purge, was put together Wednesday, and then taken down after Twitter was notified of the content. Another Twitter handle “@SCVpurge1,” was quickly put up in its place and Twitter took away the accounts posting rights.
The final Twitter handle @Scv_Purge1 was set up around 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The Twitter handle posted dozens of nude photographs along with captions that claimed to identify Santa Clarita high school students. The anonymous poster also published tweets including explicit actions that the named teens had allegedly done.
The posting continued to escalate until 9:21 p.m. when the owner of the account tweeted “Stay tuned till 12am tonight for what you all have been waiting for…. THE BIG PURGE.” and minutes later began threatening to reveal the people who had shared the explicit content with the Twitter account.
Around 10:11 p.m. the Twitter account @Scv_Purge1 went from private to public and posted all of the Twitter handles of people who “exposed” the teens. The account also published several more nude photographs and explicit actions allegedly done by the named teens.
The account was shut down by Twitter between 10:50 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
“I heard about it (Wednesday) actually by friends,” said a Saugus High School student who asked to remain anonymous. “They told me about it and they told me that it’s kind of discriminating to teenage girls and embarrassing that they were trusting people with pictures. It’s not OK to post those pictures but it’s not OK to take those pictures and it’s not OK to send them to people. Even if you trust them, you never know.”
The title “SCV Purge” was apparently inspired by a 2013 movie called “The Purge,” in which “A wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized,” according to IMDB.