Sexting in Schools Could Get Students Expelled

To the list of offenses which can get students expelled from school in California, the state Legislature is adding sexting.

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011  |  Updated 2:19 PM PDT
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Sexting in Schools Could Get Students Expelled

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In addition to being unbelievably tacky, disseminating pictures of yours or someone else's private parts via text message could soon be grounds for expulsion at California public schools.

The "sexting" craze has affected the high and low in these United States, from NFL quarterback Brett Favre to teenagers choosing to experiment simultaneously with sexuality and technology (much to the detriment of both). The California state Senate hopes to halt at least the young kids from sexting the night away, as a bill there that would allow public schools to expel students for sexting cleared the Senate floor on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

The sexting ban bill, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), defines sexting as "sending or receiving sexually explicit pictures or videos electronically."

As if high school students didn't have enough hormone-related headaches, sexting is on the rise and a growing problem in California schools, Lieu says. Studies show as many as one in five California teenagers reported sending or posting nude or semi-nude pictures and video online, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

As adults know, sexting is a surefire way to get whatever body part you're sending posted on the Internet for all to see. But certainly teenagers can wait for maturity to experience that realization?

Left unclear is whether a student can be expelled from school for sexting parts not his or her own, or sexting which occurred, say, off school grounds or on a students' job (no internships at Hustler, sorry kids). The American Civil Liberties Union is on the case, and opposing the bill, which now heads to the Assembly floor.

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