Students in shock as upskirting case against classmate gets sent to Johnson County attorney

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- "It's definitely going around our school. A lot of people are talking about it. We're all kind of just shocked," said 17-year-old Kelsey Poje, a junior at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee.

Police say on Tuesday a suspected breach of privacy case first came to light after a male student at Mill Valley High told administrators he saw a male classmate taking inappropriate cell phone video and pictures of female students. Administrators then called police.

On Thursday, Poje told FOX 4's Robert Townsend  she knows the boy now under investigation.

"Of course, I don't want to put his name out there, but we all just can't stop talking about what supposedly happened. I think it's definitely an invasion of privacy. It's nothing anyone should be doing, " she said.

"We have the video. There's absolutely no mistake in what he did. This was an intentional act," said Major Dan Tennis with the Shawnee Police Department.

Police say the cell phone video and snapshots they seized from the boy's cell phone show him looking under the skirts of "numerous female students."

"I do not want to release a specific number, but I can say the girls had no idea and when told they were absolutely just horrified that it happened," said Major Tennis.

Investigators say the inappropriate incidents happened in hallways, on stairwells, in libraries and during passing periods at Mill Valley High.

"We notified the girls whose emotions range from anger to devastation to being horrified, to crying. Of course, we also notified their parents, too, " added Major Tennis.

A spokesman for the De Soto School District says the 17-year-old boy is a junior at the high school and he was suspended Tuesday after the allegations came to light.

"I also think that this is a reminder for parents to visit with their children about inappropriate use of mobile devices, but we're also asking students that if you see anything questionable, you need to let someone know," Alvie Carter said.

Police tell FOX 4 right now they're still trying to figure out if there are are any additional alleged victims.

Meantime, school officials say they will provide support for any student who needs it.

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