Commack school officials are investigating another inappropriate photograph of students that has surfaced -- less than a week after the district had investigated two photographs on social media that depicted five district high school seniors in T-shirts spelling out "rape."
In a statement Tuesday, school officials reported that "another photograph has come to our attention that depicts a word that is in clear violation of our Code of Conduct. While the district is not legally permitted to confirm or release the names of the students involved in these incidents, be assured that we are taking any and all necessary steps to investigate and address the issues surrounding these actions."
The district responded Friday to two photos posted on Twitter that went viral. In two separate statements, school officials said the district was appalled at the posting of the photographs on Twitter, calling them "inappropriate" and saying it would address "this serious matter" with the students who were involved and their parents.
In one photo the T-shirts spell "rape?" In a second they spell "rape." and show a bound student.
The pictures were posted on Twitter and then later deleted, News 12 Long Island reported.
The district said in its second statement that the photographs were taken Thursday after seniors were assembled on the bleachers of the varsity field to take the senior photo, an annual event.
The photographs also violated a school restriction, implemented two years ago, prohibiting "lettering and/or messaging on clothing during the senior photo."
The statement also said it appears the offensive photographs were taken after the final bell, when "some students remained on the field to take photos with their friends."
The statement said the students involved in the two photographs showed "an inexcusable lack of judgment, and their actions are taken very seriously by the entire school community."
Tuesday's short statement did not clarify what word was used in the latest photograph and school officials were unavailable for comment.
However, the statement Tuesday also read that "Once our investigation and due process are complete, students found responsible will face the consequences set forth in Commack's Code of Conduct and applicable State law(s)."