Collinsville Sexting Investigation Wrapping Up
Collinsville police expect to wrap up their investigation soon over a sexting incident at its high school. The case then heads to the district attorney for review.
The implications extend far beyond Collinsville. School districts across Oklahoma may be watching this case too. This started with an obscene photo of a student that was shared with other teenagers.
It was reported to a principal, then the school district and now police are involved.
Every kid at the age makes bad decisions.
Tammy Aguillard is the owner of Hair It Is Salon in Collinsville. She doesn't spare the rod or her opinion about the sexting incident at the High school.
"It doesn't make them bad kids. They shouldn't be penalized for life for that."
School officials declined to go on camera but told us they have suspended students cell phone usage following the sexting incident but admits it's hard to monitor.
"It should be monitored, "Aguillard said. She also said phones should be put away in school but what about in a crisis?
"That's the fear, if something happened, if there's an emergency, they still have access to go get their phones or whatever," says Aguillard.
State Representative Terry O'Donnell introduced a bill that addresses sexting.
When you're dealing with minors, sometimes they make youthful mistakes and the design of this bill was to lessen that initially to a misdemeanor offense. With the widespread use of electronic devices, communication and sexting between minors may have uncalculated risks.
In Oklahoma, sexting is considered child pornography and once you're prosecuted and found guilty you're labeled as a sex offender.
"Once you have that stigmatizing label, it really can damage a minor's ability to get into school to get a job to get into the military," says O'Donnell. He expects the bill to be signed by the governor and go into law this fall.