The incident happened Oct. 10 when a female student “allegedly made a sexual offer to a male classmate during lunch,” school district spokeswoman Barbara Jacoby said in a news release Wednesday.
The students now face criminal charges in the justice system, Jacoby said.
After being arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public indecency, the students were taken to a juvenile justice detention center where they were later released to their parents, she said.
“The male classmate later told administrators that he thought this offer was a joke, but when the female student began to act upon it, the male student said he stopped her,” Jacoby said in the news release. “Students sitting at the same table said they blocked other students and staff from witnessing what occurred.”
Two of those students said they had recorded some of the incident on their cell phones, but deleted the videos when they realized they might face charges, Jacoby said in the news release.
While there were reports a video was circulated on social media, Jacoby said there is no evidence any video of the incident was actually distributed.
More students were questioned by school police about the incident Wednesday she said, and no one admitted to having circulated a video.
Talk about the incident exploded on social media starting Tuesday with tweets mentioning Etowah stacking up on Twitter.
News reports of the incident also began to pop up nationwide.
Because of student privacy laws, the details of the disciplinary action for the student cannot be disclosed, Jacoby said.
“Appropriate school disciplinary action will occur for all students,” Jacoby said.