Call it a sign of the times, but stories of people taking nude selfies and storing the images on their electronic devices have become something of a commonplace. So prevalent has this practice become that a new crime — revenge porn — has been added to the penal codes of many localities to describe the distribution for spite of nude photos of an “ex” by a spurned lover.
But a story out of a Pittsburgh suburb includes a wrinkle that makes it more disturbing than usual. According to CBS affiliate KDKA, authorities are looking into the sharing of nude photos … of students at an area middle school.
The issue came to light on Jan. 29 when a student told administrators that nude pictures of female students were being sent from one cell phone to another among … students at [Peters Township Middle School].
Parents are more than concerned about the alleged photos.
“I would say that’s completely wrong, I’d be disturbed in my kids were receiving anything like that, I’d be taking their cell phones away,” one mother said.
Chief Harry Frucht would not go into further detail about the pictures, or say how many students were involved, but did say that there is a lot of ground to cover.
“We have the phone, we’re doing a dump on the phone. We’ve done a dump on one of the apps, we got a number of pictures. There’s other apps we have to looks at, each app has who knows what on it, and who know how many people we will have to interview,” Frucht said.
The school district released a statement reading:
The matter was immediately turned over to the Peters Township police who are investigating. While the pictures were reportedly taken outside the school setting, disciplinary actions have been taken by the school.
Frucht is quoted as saying that an individual between the ages of 12 and under 18 who agrees to be photographed nude is as guilty as the photographer. “She is not a victim in this case,” he emphasized.
Indeed, in 2014, a 16-year-old in Virginia was arrested and charged with child pornography after posting naked “selfies” on Twitter.
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