Usually when I start writing about a school employee that gets arrested for inappropriate use of Snapchat I ask why is it that so many school workers are on Snapchat? Of course, the answer is obvious, it’s where the kids are and it’s where the predators within the school’s personnel can maintain contact with the students without attracting attention from the parents, in theory. Remember that Snapchat used to tout itself on the fact that the pictures sent through the app were temporary and would be deleted after a short amount a time. Of course, that doesn’t stop people from making copies or screen grabs of the allegedly short-lived pictures or videos.
In Michigan, Dominic Anthony Ciccantelli worked as a special-education classroom assistant in a middle school. Among some of the many crimes that he’s been accused of that involve inappropriate touching of some of the female students he’s also been accused of allegedly Snapchatting pictures of his junk to three underage girls including a 13-year-old girl that he helped at the school.
The 13-year-old also told police that Ciccantelli asked her to perform a sex act with him, according to court documents.
Both she and Ciccantelli allegedly said they had spent a night together in his car. The girl said they had kissed and “made out” several times in several places, including once in the school’s teachers’ lounge.
I’m not saying that all school employees are child predators but it seems that there’s an inordinate amount of them among those who work at schools.
Again I say to parents it’s up to you on whether or not you want to allow your kids to have Snapchat on their phones or tablets. However, I urge you that if you do make frequent checks on their friends list to make sure that no adult is contacting them for sexual reasons.