"I think because she's white, the parents got upset that she's been doing what she's been doing," she told He sent her a video and he got charged." Millions upon millions of teenagers are doing this very thing and he was selectively targeted among them, and made an example of, because he crossed a line that clearly irritated not only her white parents but white law enforcement officers as well.For what it's worth, the girl was also charged with sexting.
There is no evidence that people who sext become involved with child pornography—which should come as a relief, given that sexting is overwhelmingly common among people of all ages.
The worst consequence of sexting is the one that law enforcement agents carry out: arrest.
If young people seeing each other's naked bodies was such a horrible crime, surely the state of Louisiana would prohibit them from having actual sex as well. In Louisiana, the age of consent is 17, but people younger than 17 can consent if they are within two years of age of their partner.
Another male teenager's future is in jeopardy after police charged him with possession of child pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor—all because he swapped sexy photos and videos with a girl.
Levar Allen, a 17-year-old athlete at his Louisiana public school, is black. Local news stories note that she initiated the sexting, and he reciprocated.
His mother—a single mother of three—has spent thousands of dollars getting her son out of jail and fighting the charges.
She thinks her son's race may have played a role in the police department's decision to vigorously punish him.
It strikes me as perfectly plausible that the young man's race is working against him.
We know that the criminal justice system discriminates against blacks.