BOILING SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) – Three Boiling Springs High School teens are facing sexting charges in a love triangle gone wrong.
Police were called to the high school on April 29. They say two boys involved in the sexting threatened to fight each other over a girl, who is also charged.
“A 15-year-old boy took a picture of his genitals and sent it to a 17-year-old girl. She then sent it to a 17-year-old boy,” Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. Ed Asbury said.
Asbury said the 17-year-old boy used someone else’s phone to take a picture of what was on his phone and sent that photo to the 15-year-old.
Police charged the three students with transmission of a sexually explicit image by a minor. The 15-year-old is charged with a summary offense, which is similar to a ticket. The 17-year-olds are charged with a third-degree misdemeanor.
ABC27 News spoke to a mother who says this should be a wake-up call to parents.
“As a parent, I need to do my homework and find out what apps are out there that allow me to track his activities, and my kids know that there is no such thing as privacy,” Tracy Schwartz said.
Schwartz has three school-aged kids. She’s active in their lives, volunteers on the PTA, and worries about how sexting could affect them.
“I have a great deal of concern about that,” she said. “We have not even considered personal cell phones for our children largely because of that issue.”
Schwartz believes every parent should talk to their kids about sexting.
“Even if you think your kid would never, there’s always that outside chance that there’s going to be a moment a weakness where they decide to go along with the crowd or that they pass something forward that was given to them, and now they’re in a world of trouble,” she said.
Police say the sexting happened off school property. Administrators at Boiling Spring High School tell ABC27 they talk to students about responsibly using their phones.
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