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More students say they were contacted by person who sent explicit messages

Baltimore County police said Tuesday they don't know whether the person who sent sexually explicit material through social media to two students at St. Paul's School for Girls is male or female. Meanwhile, another area school said students there were contacted by the person.

The John Carroll School in Bel Air told parents in an email that two girls there believe they were contacted by the person. The girls came forward after the Harford County Catholic school's dean of students talked about the St. Paul's incident at an assembly Tuesday morning.

"We acted responsibly by contacting the police and the parents immediately," Principal Madelyn Ball wrote in the email. "There could be other John Carroll students that have been contacted by this person."

Gilman School, a Roland Park private school for boys, also told parents Monday that "a small number" of students there were contacted by the person.

Baltimore County police began investigating after two students at St. Paul's School for Girls, ages 15 and 17, said they received explicit communications from the person via social media. The school has said more than 50 of its students were contacted by the person, but police have only confirmed contact with those two girls, police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Police initially said the person was male. Armacost said Tuesday that has not yet been confirmed.

The person who contacted the St. Paul's students appears to be male "based on some of the comments the person made," she said. "But we have no way of knowing that. We have no idea if this is a male or female, adult or juvenile."

Other schools in the Baltimore area have been warning parents about the incident and urging them to talk to their children about social-media safety – including George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, Maryvale and Notre Dame preparatory schools, St. Paul's School, Friends School, Garrison Forest School, the Park School of Baltimore and the Bryn Mawr School.

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