New York: A "large scale" sexting scandal involving hundreds of students and their explicit photos — some of them as young as eighth-graders — at a US high school has left parents outraged and highly concerned about the future of their children.

The young boys and girls from the Canon City High School in Canon City, Colorado, could face felony charges.

Nearly half of the football team has been implicated, a report added, saying that the administrators have decided the team will forfeit its final game of the season. "The photos were collected and shared with other students on cellphones," the report noted. The school authorities have asked parents to talk to their children and report any possible victims or illegal activity.

"I think it's important that parents and students understand that the mere possession of these materials does constitute an ongoing crime," Fremont County District Attorney Tom LeDoux was quoted as saying.