- The nude images were created from photos of the victims found online
- Some of the victims, as young as 14, and their parents filed a police report
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A New Jersey high school has plunged into crisis after male students were caught sharing AI-generated nude photos of their female classmates.
Some male second-grade students at Westfield High School in New Jersey used an AI-powered website to create pornographic images of their classmates based on girls’ photos found online.
One of the victims, 14-year-old Francesca Mani, has filed a police report.
“First I cried, and then I decided I shouldn’t be sad. “I should be crazy and stand up for myself and the other victims,” Mani said told the Wall Street Journal.
Her mother, Dorota Mani, told the publication: “I am afraid of how and when this will come to the surface.” “My daughter has a bright future and no one can guarantee that this will not have a professional, academic or social impact on her has.”
Male students at Westfield High School in New Jersey (pictured) used an AI-powered website to generate pornographic images of their classmates
Westfield High School Principal Mary Asfendis alerted parents to the situation in an Oct. 20 email
Another victim said: “We are aware that there are scary guys out there, but you would never think that one of your classmates would hurt you like this.”
Westfield High School Principal Mary Asfendis alerted parents to the situation in an Oct. 20 email.
“This is a very serious incident,” Asfendis wrote.
“New technologies have made it possible to fake images, and students need to understand the impact and harm these actions can cause to others.”
Asfendis said she assumed the images had since been deleted and were no longer being distributed.
A spokesman for Westfield Public Schools told the Journal that due to student confidentiality concerns, they would not release details about the number of students involved or confirm whether disciplinary action was taken.
“It’s difficult to be in a situation where young girls are being traumatized at a vulnerable time in their lives,” Westfield’s first mayor, Shelley Brindle, told the publication.
According to image recognition company Sensity AI, more than 90% of these false images, known as “deep fakes,” are porn.
States including Virginia, California, Minnesota and New York have banned the distribution of fake porn or given victims the right to sue creators in civil court. However, experts believe that federal law cannot keep pace with such technological changes.
“This has to be a serious crime in New Jersey,” Jon Bramnick, a New Jersey state senator whose district includes Westfield, told the Journal.