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Education Reporter
NUMBER 266 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS MARCH 2008

Police Confront Cell Phone Pornography at a PA High School
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At Parkland High School in Pennsylvania, pornographic cell phone images of students quickly made the rounds among many other students whose phones could receive and send photos and videos. According to students, most who received the photos quickly forwarded them to all of their contacts. A few students, however, were dismayed to receive the photos and informed the school resource officer of what was going on.

The district attorney's office investigated the matter, and compiled a list of about 40 students known to have received the pictures and videos. The office wrote to those students' parents, explaining the situation and requesting consent to examine each student's phone and make sure the images were deleted.

"These images fall within the definition of 'child pornography' for the purposes of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code. The mere possession of child pornography constitutes a felony of the third degree," warned the letter. "Any student who is found to be in possession of these images or videos after Jan. 29 will be prosecuted, as a juvenile, to the fullest extent of the law."

A state trooper examined students' cell phones at school the following week. Some Parkland students said it would be impossible for the school or the district attorney to contain the spread of the pictures and videos. "The school isn't going to get everybody because it is everybody," said one junior. "I don't know anybody who didn't get the pictures." (Associated Press, 1-25-08)


 
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