Two weeks ago cops started confiscating cell phones of students at Pinckney High School when a 14-year-old girl took a naughty picture of herself and sent it to "three or four friends." By the time school started this young lady had more than 200 "friends" the school district started a massive investigation that has now lead to 10 students being suspended.
Now comes word that another 14-year-old girl at the rural Fowlerville Junior High School (what is it with 14-year-old girls these days?) also took an "inappropriate" picture of herself and forwarded it to a few friends. In the end, the real question is "Who do we blame for this?" The answer, according to the article in the Detroit Free Press: MTV exhibitionist Tila Tequilla!
Fowlerville police are investigating an incident at a junior high where a sexually explicit photo of a 14-year-old female student spread via cell phones throughout the student body. According to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus, the photo, believed to have been forwarded to 200 or more students, shows the girl's genitalia and face and was taken over the summer off school grounds. Police were notified of the pictures this week.
Chief Tom Couling called the picture "inappropriate" Tuesday and said investigators know where it originated. "Technology is improving so quickly and our youth are so computer savvy," Couling said. "They have the ability to share information quickly and sometimes, they do it without thinking it through. Part of our goal as we go through is we want them to think about what they're doing. ... I'm not saying there won't be sanctions down the road. We want not just the kids involved, but everyone, to use this as a learning lesson."
Jean Twenge, author of "Generation Me," points to reality shows and Internet star Tila Tequilla as reasons for this kind of exhibitionism. "Teens are seeing this behavior rewarded; what they don't see, what they're not understanding is in the long run, this kind of behavior is going to get you into a lot of trouble," Twenge, an associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University, said Tuesday.