Students Caught Sexting In California Could Be Expelled Under New Proposal

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — California high school students caught sexting could soon be suspended, or even expelled.

Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau from Los Angeles County has introduced a bill that would crack down on sexting — the term used for sharing explicit photos or videos though text messages.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid says there are already some legal questions involving the proposed law.

“The ACLU is looking at it, because one of the concerns has to do with speech. If you think about it, sharing a picture of yourself, or taking with someone’s permission is a form of speech, and when you start banning speech then you start getting into some civil liberties issues,” Magid said.

However, supporters say the sexting bill specifically deals with photos or videos that are meant to harass or humiliate a fellow student.

It would also require health classes include information on the dangers of sharing scandalous content.

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