A message was sent out to the Duxbury Middle School community Monday afternoon, informing parents that several students have been discovered sexting, or sending explicit messages via mobile phone and electronic devices.

The letter, sent through the blackboard system, read:

"A message from Duxbury Middle School:

"Good afternoon DMS community, 

"I'm writing to make you aware of an issue that has come to my attention. Unfortunately several of our students have used extremely poor judgment and have been sexting. Defined: Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages and/or photographs, primarily between mobile phones and/or other electronic devices. The issue appears to be largely an eighth grade issue but for the purpose of clear communication I have chosen to inform the entire DMS parent community.

“Please take advantage of this information and check your child’s phone for inappropriate images. DMS and the Duxbury Police Department are asking that you immediately remove any inappropriate images and help your children understand that sexting is a crime, with “Be aware that DMS is working with the Duxbury Police Department and is contacting individual families as needed.”

Police chief Matthew Clancy said School Resource Officer Friend Weiler and a Duxbury Police sergeant are currently engaged in an investigation of the issue and have been working with the school since last week.

“Unfortunately it’s a changed world and these tools and methods of communication continue to present new challenges and new problems,” Clancy said. “This type of thing, unfortunately, isn’t unique to Duxbury. It’s going on everywhere.”