The AJC is following an investigation of nude photos of Gwinnett County high school girls being posted on social media sites, and they want your input on this phenomenon. Here’s what’s happening in the investigation thus far:
“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into who is responsible for posting racy and nude photos of several Gwinnett County high school girls on social media outlets.
The postings were removed by authorities, but because the subjects are underage, anyone who posted or distributed the photos could be charged with distributing child pornography, a felony that carries a potential 20-year prison sentence.
The incident, which occurred last week, is the latest in a growing trend of young people having explicit photos of themselves – intentionally or otherwise – posted online for the world to see, experts and law enforcement officials say.
“The problem is once these photos are out there they can show up anywhere,” said former DeKalb County District Attorney J. Tom Morgan said. “We’ve seen pictures show up on Internet porn sites in other countries and there’s not a damn thing we can do about it.”
Officials shut down the site, which featured more than a dozen girls from area schools including Shiloh, Parkview, Collins Hill, Duluth and Peachtree Ridge.”
Reporter Gracie Bond Staples is examining the psychological and social side of this story. She wants to know from you: What is it about social media culture that makes teenage girls think it’s OK for them to take nude pictures of themselves and send it to their boyfriends? Is this a matter of bad parenting, no parenting or has our society changed so much that we lack the capacity to judge between what’s acceptable for privacy and what isn’t? To weigh in on the discussion, please email your comments to email@example.com.
My questions is: If underage people are circulation nude photos of themselves or other teenagers what should the repercussions be? We learned from the story that anyone who posted or distributed the photos could be charged with distributing child pornography, a felony that carries a potential 20-year prison sentence. Is that a reasonable punishment for teenagers — whose brains are not fully developed and therefore do STUPID and impulsive things?