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Buffalo high school student accused of posting video of another student urinating

A 16-year-old Buffalo high school student faces two felony charges after being accused of taking a cell phone video of another student urinating in a school bathroom and posting it on Snapchat.

Markel S. Dean, a student at Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington, was arrested Monday after he allegedly took the video of a male student, according to the criminal complaint. The incident happened Friday in the school on Suffolk Street, according to an email to parents from school Principal Michael Gruber.

Dean was charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance and first-degree dissemination of an unlawful surveillance image.

The victim did not give Dean permission to record him on video, according to court documents.

Elena Cala, a spokeswoman for Buffalo Public Schools, declined to say what grades Dean and the victim are in at the school. Cala said the accused student also faces discipline from the school.

"We take this very seriously," Cala said. "It was in direct violation of the code of conduct and the student will be disciplined according to the code of conduct."

 

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