Most teenagers in New York these days do not even remember a time when social media was not commonplace. In fact, growing up in today's technological age means teenagers have the opportunity to engage in all sorts of activities involving social media, whether it is maintaining a Facebook account or simply sharing text messages, photos and videos on a smartphone. However, the use of social media can be turned against an individual if it is claimed that the individual used social media for an illegal purpose.
Recently, an event unfolded at a high school in Long Island that led to the arrest of two students. Police claim that the incident involved a pornographic video depicting sexual acts between two students from another school back in October who were familiar each other. Police report that the incident was captured by a cellphone camera and was then distributed electronically to students in the Long Island high school. Two teenage boys, age 14, were charged with promoting sexual performance by a child and disseminating indecent material to minors in connection with the alleged incident.
Several other teenagers from the Long Island school who were recipients of the reported video were suspended from school. However, at least one parent of one of the suspended students believes his child and others were "unwilling participants." Some of the students reportedly did not even view the video, but were suspended anyways. It is possible that if the suspended students returned to school before their suspension was up, they could be charged with trespassing.
All of the teenagers in this recent situation are facing serious long-term consequences. Their entire futures may be impacted by the charges and accusations they face. Unfortunately, even if the charges are dropped and the suspensions revoked, these teenagers can still be greatly affected by the events. In situations where juveniles are accused of a crime, they may want to seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.
Source: NBC New York, "Students Suspended, Arrested Over Pornographic Video," Checkey Beckford, Nov. 9, 2015