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She defends her son.

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The mother of a Greensburg Salem High School teenager involved in an alleged "sexting" scheme is speaking out, saying her son did nothing wrong.

Authorities said three teenage girls allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves to three male classmates. Those involved are facing charges, and the mother, who asked WPXI to have her identity concealed, said she is outraged.

Police said the girls are 14 or 15, and the boys charged with receiving the photos are 16 or 17. None are being identified because most criminal cases in Pennsylvania juvenile courts are not public.

"This is going to ruin his life," the boy's mother said. "My son did not know this girl. He had seen her around school, and it was texted to him. He did not take the picture."

The picture that prompted the arrests of six of the high school's students is of a female student. It was a self portrait in which she appeared completely nude, police said. The photo was discovered in October when a teacher confiscated a student's activated phone in class, which is a school violation.

During the police investigation, other phones with more pictures were seized.

"I could see if my son took the picture of the girl," the boy's mother said. "My son just received this as a text message, which by the way, the principal said the whole school had it on their phones."

The Greensburg Salem School District issued a statement on Tuesday saying there was "no evidence of inappropriate activity on school grounds or during the school day other than the violation of the (school's) electronic devices policy."

Police said the girls are being charged with manufacturing, disseminating or possessing child pornography while the boys face charges that include sexual abuse of a child.

Do you think her son should be charged, or is this unfair?

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Anonymous April 9, 2009, 9:53 PM

Let me get this straight. The charge is that children were sending and possessing child pornography comprised of pictures of themselves? You’re all freakin’ nuts. This society is sick to even be talking about this. If these are kids, we’re calling playing doctor a federal crime. If they’re not kids we’re calling sharing seductive pictures a federal crime? Federal crime? That’s just breathtakingly stupid.

Barb June 2, 2009, 7:14 AM

No, I cetainly am not an advocate of that kind of thing, but you have no control over who and what kind of texts you recieve, and unless you have a reason to “block” someone, then there is no control. This generation of children are so different than we are but this never changes………….if a girl is going to show it…….a boy is gonna look. There was no foul play involved, just pictures, I feel in this case if it is spoken honestly, the girls are moe guilty than the boys.
P.S. No, my children arent all boys, I have one of each, by the grace of God, this is one thing that I never had to face.

Nqbtchkc June 25, 2009, 9:27 AM

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Anonymous August 5, 2009, 6:14 PM

The girls have paid enough and I should think have learned their lesson by having the entire school see them naked.

The only boys that did anything wrong were the ones who passed along the images.

This is a great example of way rights which are guaranteed by the constitution should apply everywhere and to everyone. The principal had NO business searching through the phones. If that happened anywhere other than school grounds he could be sued for violating privacy rights.

anon October 19, 2009, 11:20 AM

If there was evidence the boy requested/pressured/persuaded the girls to take the pics and send them then theres a case to be charged. Otherwise the girls should be the ones getting in trouble for this one, they chose to take the pictures and send them, they weren’t exploited or coersed to. they’re close enough to the same age group to be interested in each other.

anonynous November 18, 2009, 11:30 PM


Creative Thinker February 4, 2010, 12:03 PM

As I remember it when I was in school if your phone is taken away during school hours they have the right to go through it. Granted I DO NOT agree with this but it is the way things run. I would imagine that this was made a legal action for teachers and staff around the time of all the school shootings. Stupid as it is I believe it is legal. On the point being discussed however I do not agree that these kids should be punished as severely as they are. The biggest problem with society today is that parents aren’t acting like parent’s should. There for the law is trying to step in and teach the youth a lesson. I’m 20yrs old, a male, and I remember things done in middle and high school to explore sexuality among ourselves. I don’t think there is anything severely wrong with the original intentions of all this were. I’m sure that when the girls sent these images they did not intend for them to be spread across the school. That being said I would venture to guess that there are plenty of people on this site or possibly amongst the commentators here that have sent/taken picture of themselves and sent them to their lovers in the past. Exploring sexuality is not a bad thing it CAN be relatively harmless however when children are not taught proper morals in the first place things CAN get blown out of context and often times now the law steps in.

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