HOUSTON, TX - Modern technology makes it easy for teen hormones to explode all over the place. Sadly, revealing pictures online of young teens isn`t an uncommon thing.
"I really don`t think kids are aware of all the ramifications of sending something out over the internet. I think they do just amongst their friends and think that`s as far as it`s going to go," explained Julie Finch.
An alleged incident at Memorial High School, that took place in October of 2014, illustrates the social dangers these days. Kevin and Karen Maley claim their daughter was bullied by a 19-year-old football player to take part in sexting, and they say the school district has done little to reprimand the player.
Wayne Dolcefino, a consultant for the Maleys said, "It is the struggle of parents, to not only to defend their daughter but to make sure that school districts treat this not as some teenage prank but for what it is. This is 'sextortion,' when a 19-year-old man threatens a 14-year-old girl to send him pictures because he might hurt her if she doesn`t, that`s no prank."
"We don`t want this to happen, continue to happen to other girls. We know that this has happened to many other girls from the same boy at the high school, and he`s been allowed to do this since his sophomore year and it needs to stop," pleaded Karen Maley.
The Spring Branch Independent School District respoded:
"The SBISD Police charged the male student with a Class C Misdemeanor - Assault by Threat as a result of the off-campus behavior reported in October. It is our understanding that the Class C ticket was dismissed by the court."
And that's another part of the problem, how much can school districts oversee what happens outside the classroom?
"If the person is a student at your school, you have a responsibility to be engaged and to keep all types of kids protected against such things," according to Lesley Le.
The outcome of this dispute at Memorial High School is apparently far from over. The same thing can be said for all of the dangers exposed by this dilemma.