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Now the parents are suing the school district.

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Parents of two cheerleaders booted off the cheer squad after the teen girls were caught texting racy photos are suing the school district.

The Bothell, Washington High School cheerleaders took racy cell phone photos of themselves and then say they "accidentally" sent them to other students, including members of the football team.

In the course of investigating the racy cheerleader photos, Bothell High administrators reviewed the pictures, but the girls' parents allege in their lawsuit that they were not properly notified of the incident that led to the cheerleaders suspension from the cheer squad.

One of the photos was taken three years ago, according to court documents. The topless pic was sent to her then-boyfriend's phone in the summer of 2005. Later that summer, the picture was "accidentally" distributed to other Bothell students, according to her lawsuit.

The other teen's photo was taken in June, when she and a fellow cheerleader used their cell phones to each snap photos of themselves naked, according to her lawsuit. Those photos were later, again, "accidentally" sent to other students, though the parents' attorney Matthew King said it was unclear exactly how that happened.

Shortly after the June photos were taken, school officials heard rumors the pictures were circulating among students, particularly football players. They sent a letter to all cheerleaders' parents, warning that if inappropriate photos were found, it could result in suspension from the squad.

Football players were told to delete the cheerleaders' photos from their cell phones if they received them, according to the lawsuits.

In August, school administrators received copies of both photos. The two sides dispute who first contacted police -- the school or the girls' parents -- and whether the parents were properly notified of the incident.

Both lawsuits, filed Monday in King County Superior Court, accuse school administrators of violating the girls' due process rights, needlessly sharing the photos with other school staff members and failing to promptly report the matter to police as possible child pornography.

Attorney Matthew King, who represents both families, said it also was troubling that the teens were punished, but football players and other students at the school who sent or received the texts were not.

"My clients fully realize what they did was stupid," King said, adding that the girls never intended for the photos to be distributed and have been mortified by the entire incident.

Check out a news story on the suit:

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19 comments so far | Post a comment now
Pedro Hibbert December 5, 2008, 9:33 PM

Still not seeing the problem here…

Ninja Foot December 5, 2008, 10:16 PM

I am here for the boobies.

Obese Chess December 6, 2008, 1:12 AM

crap - that link doesn’t take me to the pictures.

Anonymous December 6, 2008, 3:41 PM

They deserved to get kicked off the squad. Should have thought about it before doing such a stupid thing.

nicole December 7, 2008, 2:17 AM

What do these pictures have to do with school? Yes I believe what they did was inappropriate, but unless they took these naked pictures in the library it should not be a school issue. Perhaps the school had the right to notify their parents of what was going on, but anything further is overstepping boundaries. And don’t you find it just a little creepy that school officials got themselves copies of the pictures…?

cheermom December 7, 2008, 6:52 AM

Um, if the girls are being accused of producing some sort of child pornography, why shouldn’t the school administrators be accused of possessing and distributing child porn among themselves?

Rob O. December 7, 2008, 8:46 AM

Hey, if it’s okay for Miley Cyrus…

And Disney willfully perpetuates the problem by not making an example of these trampy little brats who’re their representatives. Miley should’ve been fired on the spot. Yet, Hanna Montana crap is all over the stores in time for Christmas.

Lesson: Money is more important than morals.

Anonymous December 8, 2008, 12:29 AM

cheerleaders are sluts.

ekim December 8, 2008, 12:43 AM

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zuhzzz November 20, 2010, 10:28 AM

we need camera on the phone and they are stupid why they did that

cupcake 04  November 20, 2010, 9:38 PM

personnally i believe that this is absoultly ridiculous and i have always thought that cheerleaders cheer to lead but i guess not i wonder about whats going on in life

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