should teenagers who sext be arrested

should teenagers who sext be arrested

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John Q Adams

Union City, TN

#2 Jun 6, 2010
As far as I understand it, the laws against child pornography & exploitation of a minor are very cut and dried: it is illegal to take and distribute sexually revealing images of minors. The law does not specify any age bracket (in other words, it does not see a difference between whether an adult or a minor takes the image). So in that respect, under current federal law the kids who are sexting are no less guilty of distributing child pornography than if they had been adults.

I have no problem with that. In fact, I don't think that the law goes far enough. The parents of the kids should be charged with child endangerment for giving their children cellphones that have built-in cameras (thereby providing their children with the technological "weapon" for committing the crime) and for not providing proper supervision. Furthermore I believe that camera phones should come with age-restrictive warning labels ("Not suitable for use by minors"). It is obvious that children are not mature enough to refrain from sending lewd photos of themselves to their friends. Such a device does not belong in their hands unsupervised.

And once again we have a case of parents not doing their jobs, which is why I think the parents should also be held accountable. I don't see any justifiable reason that a child should have a camera phone in the first place. Why not just give your kid a bottle of vodka? Or a gun? Or a box of rat poison? But if you, as a parent, are stupid and irresponsible enough to put advanced technology, which carries with it the potential for abuse, into the hands of your minor children at least have the responsibility and good sense to discuss what is and is not appropriate camera phone behavior, and be willing to supervise the device's use and mete out punishment when the thing is misused.

I do agree that the legal punishment aspect is out of whack. Making sexting a misdemeanor should be adequate punishment. It needn't be a felony. However the child protection laws are so exceedingly harsh in most cases that it doesn't surprise me that sexting is a felony. Obviously the sexual offender laws need to be revisited, especially where the non-violent sex crime laws are concerned. Too many people are being forced to suffer lifetime consequences for non-violent "crimes".
something should be done

Union City, TN

#3 Jun 7, 2010
I guess we all remember the infamous cheerleading pictures that were circulated all over the county a few years ago.
That goes to show that once a person hits send on their cellphone, there is no way to get the picture back.
These pictures that the teenagers are sending of themselves in their underware, naked or performing sex acts can follow these teens their entire lives. These inappropriate pictures can prevent them from receiving scholarships and jobs.
Forwarding these pictures is transmitting child porn. Any adult found to be in possession of inappropriate pictures of teenagers can be charge with possession of child porn and distribution of child porn if they forward the pictures.

There should be some sort of punishment to teach these young people not to take compromising pictures of themselves. Since, most of the parents are too busy trying to be their child's best friend, maybe, it is time for the federal government to step in and start prosecuting teens who take and send inappropriate pictures of themselves or friends.
UC Mom

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Jun 7, 2010
something should be done wrote:
I guess we all remember the infamous cheerleading pictures that were circulated all over the county a few years ago.
That goes to show that once a person hits send on their cellphone, there is no way to get the picture back.
These pictures that the teenagers are sending of themselves in their underware, naked or performing sex acts can foa teenstheir entire lives. These inappropriatepictures can prevent
Forwarding these pictures is transchild porn.Any adult found to be in possession ofinappropriate pictures
There should be some sort of punishment to teach these young people not to take compromising pictures omost of the parents are too busy trying to be their child's bestfriend, maybe, it is time for the federalgovernment to step in and startprosecuting teens who take and sendinappropriate pictures of friends.
I new to Obion County and mom of anbaspiring teen cheerleader. Why is the incident with the cheerleaders?
tacky

Union City, TN

#5 Jun 7, 2010
I'm sure there are some dirty old men in this community who still have a copy of the cheerleader pic on their phone. That picture was an embarassment to everyone in the county.
junior samples b-r549

Jackson, TN

#6 Jun 7, 2010
YES. they should be arrested and charged.
some are prosecuting

Union City, TN

#8 Jun 7, 2010
For teenagers,'sexting' leads to child porn charges
Posted: 12:47a.m. IST, June 6, 2010

Taking a photograph of yourself or somebody else nude and sending it to somebody else is a crime. That's the lesson eight students, ranging in age from 13 to 17, have learned about 'sexting.
'Perry County District Attorney Charles Chenot, who has prosecuted two sexting cases involving a total of 10 minors in the past year, said that he considers sexting a form of child pornography and wants kids to understand once those images are in someone else's hands they could wind up anywhere, even the Internet, possibly forever.

The teens at Susquenita High School, 15 miles outside of Harrisburg, Pa., who all knew each other, were accused last fall of using their cell phones to take, send, or receive nude photos of each other and in one case a short video of a oral sex. That resulted in a felony pornography charge for each minor.

That was the only charge that really fits what they were doing. What would have been the best thing to charge would be something that would have been a little less severe but would still draw these teenagers' attention to the wrongness of their acts, CBS News quoted Chenot as saying.(ANI)
TnGal

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Jun 8, 2010
tacky wrote:
I'm sure there are some dirty old men in this community who still have a copy of the cheerleader pic on their phone. That picture was an embarassment to everyone in the county.
I was a friend to said girl in question. Yes it was a stupid youthful mistake but if T & A is an embarassment to the county then the drug dealers should be the plague
whatever

Union City, TN

#10 Jun 8, 2010
well, if the drug dealers were wearing a school uniform, then they would be an embarassment too.
when you are wearing a school team uniform, you represent the school and the county. yes, they were all embarassments to the county and the team they represented.
TnGal

United States

#11 Jun 8, 2010
whatever wrote:
well, if the drug dealers were wearing a school uniform, then they would be an embarassment too.
when you are wearing a school team uniform, you represent the school and the county. yes, they were all embarassments to the county and the team they represented.
It was a youthful mistake! No one died did they! It was bad but ppl learn from dumb crap done when young!! Blame far more than cheerleaders
well

Union City, TN

#12 Jun 8, 2010
there have also been incidents of the softball players taking risque pictures in their uniforms or some of there uniforms. sounds like the athletic director isn't doing his job. any athlete who tarnishes the uniform should be removed from the team/squad. if they don't respect the unform or the school it represents, they should not be permitted to wear the uniform or represent the school.
Male Student

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Jun 8, 2010
well wrote:
there have also been incidents of the softball players taking risque pictures in their uniforms or some of there uniforms. sounds like the athletic director isn't doing his job. any athlete who tarnishes the uniform should be removed from the team/squad. if they don't respect the unform or the school it represents, they should not be permitted to wear the uniform or represent the school.
Yep that's true plus no one really cares about the softball players! The fantasy is with the cheerleaders
ha ha

Union City, TN

#14 Jun 8, 2010
you can go ahead and fantisize about the non-thong wearing cheerleader who had a butt as big as my grandma bertha's. if my butt was that big i would not have stood beside a skinny chick. the county is always a joke. no rules or direction. the students whose parents have a deep check book can buy them any position on a team or get them out of trouble. why do you think their sports program is so bad. only the rich kids make the teams. the talent ones just warm the bench or walk the hallway.
So tru

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jun 9, 2010
Male Student wrote:
<quoted text>Yep that's true plus no one really cares about the softball players! The fantasy is with the cheerleaders
I hear Ya buddy. Bring on the cuties. They're the main reason I play ball.
lol

Jackson, TN

#16 Jun 9, 2010
whatever wrote:
well, if the drug dealers were wearing a school uniform, then they would be an embarassment too.
when you are wearing a school team uniform, you represent the school and the county. yes, they were all embarassments to the county and the team they represented.
We all know that those uniforms are important! Please!
Get a LIFE!
lol

Jackson, TN

#17 Jun 9, 2010
It sounds to me that all of the people on teams of any kind should QUIT! Apparantly, the uniform is more important than you are!
Verdict

United States

#18 Jun 10, 2010
ha ha wrote:
you can go ahead and fantisize about the non-thong wearing cheerleader who had a butt as big as my grandma bertha's. if my butt was that big i would not have stood beside a skinny chick. the county is always a joke. no rules or direction. the students whose parents have a deep check book can buy them any position on a team or get them out of trouble. why do you think their sports program is so bad. onlythe rich kids make the teams. the talentones just warm the bench or walk thehallway.
so how did the school system eventually handle this bad situation. The parents of said cheerleader shouldve had some accountability!! Yes she/ they represented the school and like it or not the entire school probably received bad press over the incident.
whatever

Union City, TN

#19 Jun 11, 2010
Verdict wrote:
<quoted text>so how did the school system eventually handle this bad situation. The parents of said cheerleader shouldve had some accountability!! Yes she/ they represented the school and like it or not the entire school probably received bad press over the incident.
All the punishment that was listed in the newspaper never happened. I think they only had to sit out a few football games.
It was all about who the girls were. That is why there was no real punishment or removal from the squad.
whatever

Union City, TN

#20 Jun 11, 2010
lol wrote:
It sounds to me that all of the people on teams of any kind should QUIT! Apparantly, the uniform is more important than you are!
The uniform is much more important than the person who is wearing it. Sooner of later the person wearing the uniform is going to graduate or quit. The reputation of the uniform and team will always remain. If a player tarnishes the reputation, then the player needs to be removed.

Remember the cheerleading scandal in Texas a few years ago. 5 cheerleaders were permitted to break school laws because of who they were. One of the cheerleaders in Texas was the principles daughter. Eventually, one of the cheerleading sponsors got tired of the 5 little girls running the school and informed the news. Several individuals lost their jobs over letting "uniforms" run a school.
Texas Scandal

Union City, TN

#21 Jun 11, 2010
No one wanted to handle this situation either until these young girls were so far out of control that it made national news and the school board was forced to take action.
'Mean Girls'
Boozing, bikinis and bullying: how the scandalous behavior of five high-school cheerleaders rocked a bedroom community near Dallas.
The pictures posted on MySpace.com looked like the latest installment of "Girls Gone Wild." In them, cheerleaders from McKinney North High School in Texas exhibited all variety of bawdy behavior. One shot showed a bikini-clad girl sharing a bottle of booze with a friend. Another featured a cheerleader and several other girls in risqué poses offering glimpses of their panties. But the most infamous photo of all was taken in a Condoms To Go store. Five smiling cheerleaders dressed in uniform posed with large candles shaped like penises. At least one of them appeared to be simulating fellatio. "It would be an overstatement to describe any of the photographs as pornographic, but it would be an understatement to describe them as harmless high jinks," wrote Harold Jones, a lawyer hired by the school district to investigate the incident. "Quite frankly, I personally found it 'creepy'." (Article continued below...)
The photos are at the heart of a scandal that has rocked McKinney, an affluent bedroom community north of Dallas. By many accounts, the group of cheerleaders, known as the "Fab Five," were out of control—an elite social clique that flagrantly flouted school rules but faced few sanctions. In many ways, they seemed like the stereotypical "mean girls" that periodically trigger bouts of consternation among parents. But there's an added wrinkle to their tale: the Fab Five's alleged ringleader was the daughter of McKinney North's principal, Linda Theret. Amid charges that Theret gave the girls preferential treatment, the school district launched a $40,000 investigation conducted by Jones in the fall. His 70-page report, which harshly criticized Theret and assistant principal Richard Brunner, helped prompt Theret's resignation on Dec. 21 (Brunner remains on paid leave as he fights to retain his job). But Jones's report takes plenty of others to task as well, from parents to police. "Kids will be kids, but adults have to be adults," he wrote. "Sadly, in this saga, I was struck by the reticence of many adults to accept the role of 'being the grown-up'."
The cheerleaders had reportedly been a menace long before the condom-store episode, according to the report. When one teacher told a squad member to quit chatting on her cell phone in class, the girl replied, "Shut up, I'm talking to my Mom." On a separate occasion, she offered this response to the teacher's reprimand: "Pull your panties out of a wad." "Gang members were nothing compared to these girls," the teacher told Jones. "They believe they cannot be touched." The girls were apparently just as ornery in their cheerleading activities, leading five coaches to quit in the last three years. The principal's daughter flipped off one former coach. But instead of kicking the daughter off the squad, school administrators allowed her to quit so she could try out the following year. After the incident, the coach told Jones, Theret "tried to ruin my life over this. I was called a liar, crazy, on meds." (Theret's attorney denies this.)
Texas Scandal

Union City, TN

#22 Jun 11, 2010
The problems culminated this fall under the most recent cheerleading coach, Michaela Ward. Though her relationship with the girls started off amicably, things quickly soured. Among the pranks they allegedly pulled on Ward: giving her what the report described as a "chocolate tampon" and sending racy text messages from her cell phone to her husband and another coach. When the condom-store photos hit the Internet, they triggered a firestorm. Now taking a hard line, Theret, according to her attorney, recommended kicking the five girls off the squad. But a committee of administrators from the school and the district recommended 15-day suspensions for the girls in the drinking photo and 30-day suspensions for those in the condom-store snapshot. After parents protested that the latter picture shouldn't be treated more harshly than the former, the superintendent of schools agreed and reduced the penalty for the condom-store photo to 15 days. In the aftermath, Ward warned the cheerleaders that she would kick them off if there were any more incidents. "Good luck with that," one is said to have replied. Not surprisingly, there were more incidents, including the night of the homecoming dance, when some of the cheerleaders arrived in a limo packed with students who had apparently been boozing.

All of this might have remained below the radar had it not been for Ward. In October, she abruptly resigned and recounted her experiences with the girls to the media. In the resulting uproar, the school district called in Jones, whose report makes clear that he was as dismayed by the behavior of the adults as he was by that of the Fab Five. He criticized Ward for abetting the cheerleaders' misconduct. He lambasted school administrators for giving the girls far too many second chances. And he rebuked Theret for failing to balance her dueling obligations as a mother and a principal.

At McKinney North, the tumult is finally beginning to subside. None of the Fab Five remain on the team, according to one of the ousted cheerleaders. Theret recently reached a settlement with the school board, agreeing to resign in exchange for a payment of around $75,000 and a letter of recommendation. In her wake, an interim principal has been named. "We want to move on," says a McKinney schools spokesman. Perhaps now that the reign of the Fab Five is over, they can.

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