Blown To Bits

A Wild Sexting Story

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 by Harry Lewis

A teacher and school administrator in Virginia tells a frightening story of having to defend himself against child abuse and child pornography charges because he transferred a photo of a half-naked girl to his cell phone and his office computer in the course of investigating a student sexting complaint.

My Students. My Cellphone. My Ordeal.

The moral here is that with every student a photographer and a publisher, every schoolteacher can become a detective in an area of crime where the consequences are extremely serious. Adolescent experimentation has tripped legal standards that were put in place to cover an entirely different behavior, and the technology, the law, and student behavior have not progressed in a coordinated way.

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