CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Local schools are taking action, believing that a social media account may be preying on their students.
That account on Instagram is called Buckeye Modeling.
Canfield Police contacted the district on Friday after a parent called the school resource officer with concerns about the account. The parent discovered what police considered an alarming conversation between Buckeye Modeling and the girl.
The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating Buckeye Modeling, with the assistance of the Canfield Police Department. They won’t say what the messages that were found said, only that they were “inappropriate.”
Canfield Police Officer Steve Garstka said there have been students that have interacted with the person running the page.
“Based on what I had seen, I thought that it was appropriate that she would file a report. I thought it was important for her to do so,” he said.
Officer Garstka took the information to Canfield’s superintendent on Friday morning.
That afternoon, the school jumped to action.
“We did an all-call, posted on our website, and on top of that, our media specialist made sure she made it well-known throughout the entire Mahoning Valley, so the superintendents were notified as well,” said Superintendent Alex Geordan.
Monday morning, the Austintown School District also sent out a school-wide alert to their parents and staff.
Austintown Superintendent Vince Colaluca said in the age of social media, parents need to be involved.
WKBN did reach out to Buckeye Modeling through its two Instagram pages, but we haven’t heard back from anyone there yet.
Police are eager to shut the account down quickly.
“We hope to find out who’s responsible, and at a minimum, put end to it, and in the meantime, educate parents about the best way to keep their children safe,” Garstka said.