California Considers Expelling Kids for Sexting

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Students in California can face expulsion for sexting. Credit: Getty Images

Good thing for Rep. Anthony Weiner he is only a member of Congress. If he was a middle school student in California, this sexting business could get him in real trouble.

He could get expelled, NBC News reports.

The California Assembly is considering a bill to enable schools to expel students who send naughty pictures on their cell phones. The bill passed the state Senate June 7.

The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, and defines sexting as "sending or receiving sexually explicit pictures or videos electronically."

That leaves some gray areas, NBC reports.

For example, could a student be expelled for sending photos of a Playboy centerfold or other body parts other than his or her own? What if the offense occurred off school grounds?

There could be a lot of empty seats in class if school officials nab everyone. Studies show as many as one in five California teenagers have sent or posted nude or semi-nude pictures and videos online, according to NBC.

Lieu tells the network that high school students have enough hormone-related problems without adding sexting to the mix.

Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union opposes the bill as an assault on teenagers' freedom of expression and right to privacy.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.