Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Update to "How to ruin a teenager's life forever"

Here is total proof I was right. Proof that the kids are being charged to simply make an example out of them. And not because they were trafficking child porn or knew what they were doing was wrong:

My favorite place, MSNBC had the story: Sexting’ surprise: Teens face child porn charges

In the WPXI story, which included contributions from the Associated Press, {Police Capt. George} Saranko indicated that authorities decided to file the child pornography charges to send a strong message to other minors who might consider sending such photos to friends.

It really pisses me off. I am ashamed of the "Authorities" and their actions. AND to prove this guy is clueless, he says this:

"It's very dangerous," he said. "Once it's on a cell phone, that cell phone can be put on the Internet where everyone in the world can get access to that juvenile picture. You don't realize what you are doing until it's already done." (Seranko could not be reached for comment on Thursday, and a woman who answered the phone at the Greensburg Police Department said, “Our department is not doing any more interviews on the case.”)
OK. Problem 1: Cell phones are NOT "put on the Internet" unless your selling them. Pictures are put on the internet. Moron.
Problem 2: AND I QUOTE He said: You don't realize what you are doing until it's already done.

Gee. You think?!!?? At 14, did you think they KNEW and FULLY UNDERSTOOD that this was child porn? HELL NO. They were just being stupid kids! I can't tell you how pissed off this makes me. I think that we should complain to the "Authorities" that this is a waste of taxpayer money and time that could be spent on murders and other horrible crimes.

But Patrick Artur, a Philadelphia defense attorney who by his reckoning has handled at least 80 child pornography cases, said the prosecution of minors for photos they took themselves runs counter to the purpose of both state and federal child pornography laws: Preventing the sexual abuse of children by “dirty old men in raincoats.”

“It’s clearly overkill,” he said. “… The letter of the law seems to have been violated, but this is not the type of defendant that the legislature envisioned” in passing the statute.
Really? I am glad someone agrees with me. Overkill indeed. Bullshit too.
And to a further extent I agree with one of the boys mother. You can't reject an incoming pic message. You can delete it. But what teenage boy is going to do that?? HMMM???

From WPXI: A mother is speaking out, saying her son did nothing wrong.

"This is going to ruin his life," the boy's mother said. "My son did not know this girl. He had seen her around school, and it was texted to him. He did not take the picture."
"I could see if my son took the picture of the girl," the boy's mother said. "My son just received this as a text message, which by the way, the principal said the whole school had it on their phones."

So why are these 6 kids singled out? Charge the whole student body!! Jez!! They all need a serious talking to. Being forced to register as a Sex offender for 10 years doesn't do anything to help, its not a solution. How about educating kids on this stuff so that they don't end up like this?

One last tidbit from MSNBC:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy reported last month that a survey of 1,280 teens and young adults found that 20 percent of the teens said they had sent or posted nude or semi nude photos or videos of themselves. That number was slightly higher for teenage girls — 22 percent — vs. boys — 18 percent.
Sic'em greensburg. Charge all of them bitched with a crime!!!!

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