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School “Sexting” Penalties Proposed

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 9:14am

One California lawmaker is targeting the practice of harmful “sexting” in schools. Democratic Senator Ted Leiu says the measure was prompted by stories of students harassing other students by electronically transmitting sexually explicit photos.

“We already know of at least two suicides that have happened because young females had naked pictures of themselves blasted to hundreds and hundreds of their classmates,” said Lieu.

Under Lieu’s bill the students responsible for such sexting could face significant discipline. “We gave the schools a lot of discretion,” he said. “They could choose to take no action if they think it’s an innocent case. Or they could suspend or expel, depending on how serious the case is.” Students would not be subject to penalties unless they sent the images with the intent to harass.

The legislation is currently headed to an Assembly committee. It was approved by the Senate.

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