District on viral photo: 'It's not bullying - it's students having fun'

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- When this photo showed up on a Facebook page, it made waves in cyberspace.

Is it really a photo of members of a high school wrestling team in Nampa bullying one of their own?

The photo was taken at Columbia High School in Nampa.

As soon as they found out about it, school district officials checked into the situation. They say it's not a case of bullying, but rather a case of high school kids goofing around.

"When that photo was brought to our attention we immediately investigated it," said Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall. "We talked to the students, the coach and the parents. It's not hazing, it's not bullying. It's students having fun."

Westfall says there's no disciplinary action being taken. In fact, she says it provided a teachable moment about the power and perception of social media.

"For the public, don't believe everything you see on social media. we thank those people who sent us the picture and asked is this true?," she said. "And the (lesson) for students and families is to have a conversation about what's being put out on the social media and how it could be perceived by people who weren't there and what they could think about."

A photograph can create an illusion. And in this day and age, that illusion can go viral.