The parents of Jessica Logan, a teen who committed suicide a month after graduating from high-school, are suing their daughter's ex-boyfriend, who circulated among his friends a nude photo of Jessica that she had "sexted" sent via text message to him while they were dating. Jessica's parents are also suing the school she attended, Sycamore High,for negligence, as well as several of the teens to whom Jessica's boyfriend showed the picture, for "severe" emotional harassment. The suit was filed in Ohio by Cynthia and Albert Logan who say that the students' "degrading sexual insults" caused their year-old daughter Jessica, their only child, severe emotional distress, which led her to kill herself in July , a month after graduating from high school. The complaint filed by the teen's parents names the city, school district, ex-boyfriend, and the friends to whom he purportedly sent the picture. The couple are seeking punitive damages for discrimination, civil rights violations, the invasion of privacy, and emotional distress, reports the Courthouse News Service. The Courthouse News Service explains ,.
Sexting, the Jesse Logan case, and what schools can do
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During this social media revolution we are in today, most teens are very comfortable documenting their lives on social media channels. All communication is just a click away at rapid-fire. Most know what sexting is, but for those who do not, it is when people take and send sexually revealing pictures of themselves or send sexually explicit messages via text message. There have been some high-profile cases involving sexting. One in four teens say they are sexting. Twelve percent of those who have received a photo have admitted to forwarding it to others without permission. So, while this generation seems to be intoxicated on life, perhaps it is time to be intoxicated on respect for themselves, their bodies and others.
Jessica Logan 1990-2008
In that tragic situation, the year-old girl took her life after an ex-boyfriend circulated nude pictures of her to a large number of their high school peers. What is interesting is that Jessie contacted the media after the incident about the harassment, but nothing substantive was done in response by any authority figures. Two months later, she committed suicide after suffering scholastically and relationally on account of the humiliation and abuse she received from classmates. Eight months later, we are seeing more cases of law enforcement and district attorneys coming down hard with child pornography convictions on youth or young adult males who circulate pictures of their underage girlfriends or ex-girlfriends , and some would argue these convictions are overkill, outside of the original intentions of legislators who formulated the laws, and a double standard that unfairly punishes minors for what adults sometimes do with impunity.
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