Wednesday, March 11, 2009

More About Teen Trend Known As "SEXTING"

I was watching The Early Show Monday morning.  I was shocked to learn of yet another risky, teen behavior called "Sexting".  Intrigued by the strange word, I continued to watch in horror as Ohio mom, Cynthia Logan, described the terrible bullying that her teenage daughter Jessica endured after Jessica had a lapse in judgement and sent her boyfriend a nude picture of herself from her cell phone.

You can probably guess what happens next.  It is sooooo obvious to us adults what the consequences are going to be, but our teens are incapable of thinking ahead.  It all has to do with biology and the fact that their cerebral cortex (responsible for reasoning) is not fully developed until the age of 24.  If you guessed that the boyfriend upon breaking up with Jessica disseminated the picture to the entire school, you'd be dead on.  But you knew that.

What is inconceivable to me is that Jessica became the slut, whore around campus.  She was constantly ridiculed and some kids actually threw things at her.  Her mother contacted the school and the police, but they said they could not help her.  What is even more insulting is that 6 lawyers told Mrs. Logan that they too could not help her.  Bull!!!!!  There are anti-bullying laws and porn laws in most states and they surely could have done something for Jessica!!!!

If you also guessed that Jessica ended it all by taking her own life, tragically you are right again.  I sat there looking a the photos of a beautiful, young woman who seemed to have everything going for her.  How could she even think to end her life???  It is something that most of us cannot even fathom, but that Jessica's mom, Cynthia, has to dread for the rest of her life.  My heart goes out to the Logan family and to Jessica.  May she find happiness and acceptance in heaven.  And may Cynthia's participation in a national campaign make a difference and save another child's life.

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