Media frenzy at Hough High over Instagram pix

W.A. Hough High School in Cornelius. (David Boraks photo)
W.A. Hough High School in Cornelius. (David Boraks photo)

TV crews were swarming around W.A. Hough High School Thursday morning, after a report that 16 current and former female students from 14 to 18 years old had been threatened by someone claiming to have compromising photos of the girls.    WBTV reports the threats came from two different social media accounts, and that the person or persons demanded that the girls send more photos.

The information comes from search warrants issued in September, the station reported Wednesday.

The latest case follows comes after an incident last winter in which a 13-year-old middle school student was accused of sharing nude or compromising photos of girls from area schools in a Dropbox folder.

In April, a CMS detective told the unidentified student has been arrested, and the case has been turned over to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office for possible prosecution. We haven’t heard anything more.

It wasn’t clear if there was any connection between last winter’s case and the photos being used to threaten students more recently.

The Dropbox folder contained 75 photos – all selfies – of female students from area high and middle schools, including Hough.

That case prompted a debate about student sexting, and led to public forums in Cornelius and Davidson to help educate parents about how to prevent their children from sending compromising photos.



Nov. 4, 2015,, “Warrant: 16 teen girls extorted for nude photos via Instagram”

Nov. 11, 2015,, “Mother says teen son accused in Hough ‘sextortion’ case”

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