Officials reviewing 2nd round of sexting complaints at Colorado school

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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A second round of sexting complaints has hit a small Colorado community.

Chaffee County authorities confirmed to affiliate KKTV 11 News Friday that they had received complaints about students sexting at the middle school and one of the high schools in Buena Vista. The announcement came right on the heels of the district attorney's decision not to file charges against more than 100 students involved in a widespread sexting scandal at the Canon City high school and middle school.

The 11th Judicial District Attorney's Office oversees both Fremont and Chaffee counties.

In a letter to parents, the Buena Vista High School principal said authorities got a tip last Thursday. He said three students, two boys and a girl, all under 18, were involved. He also said there was one picture.

Chaffee County investigators are looking into the matter. The school wants parents to talk to their kids about sexting.

In neighboring Fremont County Friday night, there was a public meeting held in Canon City as the community moves forward.

"I think they're kind of heading in a right place towards trying to educate the kids, trying to express the dangers and the legalities of it," said Martin Welch, a parent.

Prosecutors said they found no evidence of coercion or bullying in Canon City, and no images were posted on the Internet.

From now on, the school plans to talk to students as young as second grade about technology safety.

"I think they are discouraging it and getting it out there but as far as justice, I don't think there's -- if there's no prosecution for any crime then we haven't really had any justice," said Welch.

It wasn't clear whether there was any connection between the investigations. Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze declined to comment Friday. Buena Vista School District officials didn't immediately return a phone call.

Buena Vista is about a 90-minute drive from Canon City.

If you have any information that can help police with these cases, you can report it through Safe 2 Tell. There's a link on this page. Or you can call the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office at 719-539-2596.