A judge has slapped down a prosecutor who was apparently trying to teach some teens what they felt was an unwelcome lesson regarding sexting. In short, however, sexting is the practice of sending sexually suggestive messages or images via cell phone or on the Internet. Teens under 18 distributing nude or semi-nude photos of themselves and their friends have been facing increased instances of prosecution under child pornography laws, raising concern and commentary that such laws are being used in a manner that was not intended when they were written.
It is in this context in which Reuters reports that the ACLU brought suit on behalf of three teens whose photographs appeared on cell phones confiscated by Pennsylvania Tunkhannock School District school officials. The pictures at issue, noted Reuters, "showed two of the girls wearing bras, and another standing topless with a wrapped towel around her waist. No sexual activity was displayed." Also, the photos were apparently distributed by other individuals.