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5 students at Indy charter school suspended as police investigate sexually explicit Snapchat video

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Five students at Carpe Diem Innovative School Northwest have been suspended after school officials say a video was being circulated showing two students engaging in sexual activity.

The school said the video, which circulated on the social media platform Snapchat, was reported by a "brave and caring student."

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) report stated that the "students were filmed allegedly having sex" and the video was "passed around."

The charter school is located at 5435 West Pike Plaza Road.

School Principal Rosalie Pettigrew says after being notified of the video, staff followed protocol. Parents of the students involved were called, as well as police and the Department of Child Services (DCS). IMPD "acknowledged the thoroughness and diligence of the staff in handling the situation," according to a letter sent to parents.

School staff were able to determine who was in the video, as well as those involved in sharing it. The students were disciplined by the school and are awaiting any additional action from police.

Carpe Diem said they are aggressively working on strategies to ensure students are supervised at all times in all areas of the building. The school said it will also address social media safety with staff, students and parents.

In their letter to parents, the school also praised the student who came forward.

"Carpe Diem is extremely proud of the student who took a stand for another student in this situation. This student exemplifies the type of young people who attend our school. We are also extremely proud of our staff that sprang into action to protect the students involved and supported their families as they move quickly to address the needs of their children," the letter says.