WINSTON-SALEM, NC-- A group of teenagers from Winston-Salem tell WFMY News 2 why their peers post and send sexual photos of themselves despite the consequences.The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating who's to blame for nude pictures of high school students appearing on Instagram.
The SBI is investigating cases in Randolph, Surry, Chatham, Craven, Edgecombe, and Johnston counties. Investigations continue in Wake, Durham, and Pitt counties.
WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford met with a group of teenagers from Winston-Salem. Even though the SBI is not investigating Forsyth County, the teenagers revealed it is happening there.
According to The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, a person's brain does not fully mature until the age of 25 but young people today have access to all kinds of adult devices like a phone with instant access to the web.
15-year-old Mackenzie Daukas, a freshman at Reagan High, 18-year-old Andy Weeks, and 17-year-old Landon, students at West Forsyth High said they've seen recent Instagram accounts with photos of naked girls.
The students said it all starts when a girl sends a guy a naughty picture possibly for attention.
"They just trust too easily. They trust people that really don't need to be trusted," said Landon.
Andy added, "The person they send it to kind of sends it to everyone and that's how it gets spread around especially on the social media sites."
The teens said the people behind the accounts like the thrill. One of the Instagram accounts got 6,000 followers in one day.