Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hey, Teacher, Leave those [dopey] kids alone

"Taking nude pictures of yourself, nothing good can come out of it," -so says police Capt. George Seranko of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; a man who clearly has very little life experience.

Three teenaged girls in the town, who took nude pictures of themselves with their cell phones, and the three teenaged boys who recieved those pictures are now being charged with child pornography. So, clearly, 'you show me yours and I'll show you mine' is now a serious criminal offense that requires the law ruining some dumb kid's life.

I assume that most people are opposed to actual child pornography. But using the law as a hammer in search of a nail just produces these situations in which the punishment is far worse than the crime. Branding the kids as sex offenders? And, why would the school officials that confiscated these kids' cell phones go directly to the police instead of calling in the students and their parents to raise their concerns?

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