Six underaged teenage girls and boys from a high school in Greensburg, PA are charged with manufacturing, possessing, and distributing child pornography…because the girls took nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves on their cell phones and sent them to the boys.
Think this whole “sex offender” thing has been stretched a bit far? Think it might be a bit ludicrous to brand those kids with the scarlet letter of a sex offender for doing stupid teenage things?
That’s the problem with passing laws that are badly written and badly thought out–they will invariably be used to the extreme of whatever elastic definition the lawmakers cooked up, so a bunch of school officials and district attorneys can pat themselves on the back for “just doing their jobs.” The laws may have been passed with the intent of targeting adults who manufacture and distribute porn pictures featuring little children, but now we’re spending taxpayer money to prosecute teenagers for being teenagers.
I guess we’ll file that one under “Good Intentions, Bad Results”, right along with RICO laws, asset forfeiture, and a shitload of other laws that were designed to only be applied to Really Bad People, and then fitted with a universal adapter for use against just about anyone…