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District financial reporting, nutrition study and avoiding sextortion schemes with youth

Financial reporting award for WL-WV

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting last month from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award was given after a panel reviewed the district's comprehensive annual financial report. The district's CAFRs through the 2017-18 fiscal year are available on the district's website.

Students aid agricultural research

Students in the West Linn-Wilsonville school district received a visit from Oregon State University researchers earlier this month. The researchers visited classrooms across grade levels as part of an agriculture research project on bread. Students at Willamette Primary, Wilsonville High School and Arts and Technology High School provided the researchers with feedback on new bread recipes and learned from the researchers about the study, sodium and how nutrition affects health.

Youngsters often targets of sextortion

The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines sextortion as using threats, manipulation, lies, or gifts to convince someone to share explicit images. Often, the victim is a young person. When the victim declines to share more images, the perpetrator will often threaten to share the previously-sent images or otherwise harm the child if they don't comply.

Victims often feel that they may get in trouble if they tell an adult what has happened to them, so they are hesitant to come forward. The FBI advises parents start conversations around online safety and explicit images, starting with questions like "Why do you think adults sometimes pretend to be kids online?" or "Has anyone you know ever sent a picture of themselves that got passed around school?"

To report sextortion, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit tips.fbi.gov, or, if you are a victim and not ready to talk to law enforcement, talk to a trusted adult. "Remember, you are not the one in trouble," the FBI wrote in a press release earlier this month announcing the arrest of an Oregon man on charges of sexual exploitation. "Criminals will try to make you feel unsure, scared or embarrassed. Your willingness to talk to a trusted adult, though, may just be the key to keeping this predator from hurting someone else."


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