(CBS/CBS Sacramento) NORTH HIGHLANDS, Calif.--Authorities are investigating allegations of child pornography at a Northern California elementary school after officials say they discovered students passing around a photo of a naked sixth-grade girl this week, according to CBS Sacramento.
The Twin Rivers School District told the station that last weekend, a photo of the naked middle school girl from Hillsdale Elementary School, located about 15 miles northeast of Sacramento, was sent electronically to some students.
Renee Scott-Femenella, the school's principal, notified the police department, reports CBS Sacramento.
Many of the Hillsdale Elementary parents are shocked by the alleged incident, reports the station.
"That is my major concern, is that the school is not communicating with us, the parents," one of the students' fathers told CBS Sacramento.
According to criminal defense attorney Jennifer Mouzis, the children who received and disseminated the photo could be charged with a felony, said the station.
"This is becoming a very serious issue among juveniles, because parents are buying the kids smartphones," Mouzis told KOVR.
According to the station, the district released a statement that read in part:
"In an effort to teach students about Internet safety, the Hillsdale principal and a TRDPD officer have met with both sixth-grade classrooms to clearly let students know about the illegality of sending or posting inappropriate photos."