Campbell High School Student Arrested for Sexting

A police report confirms the incident took place at school.

UPDATE: A police report Smyrna-Vinings Patch obtained from Cobb County Juvenile Court confirmed that the incident took place at Campbell High School. A juvenile student received the photos from the 17-year-old via text message. A friend of the juvenile saw the photos and reported the incident to campus police.

Patch orginally reported that three juveniles were involved in the incident, however the police report only lists one juvenile. 

A representative from the Cobb County School District could not comment on the incident because it involves pending disciplinary action. 

May 15: A Smyrna high school student has been arrested and charged with obscene material, a misdemeanor, after Smyrna police say he texted lewd photos to three juvenile girls, WSB reported.

The 17-year-old from Mableton was released from the Cobb County Adult Detention Center the day after his arrest on $5,000 bond.

Neither a representative from the Smyrna Police Department nor Cobb County School District could be reached for further comment at this posting. 

A 2011 study conducted by MTV and the Associated Press found that 15 percent of the 14 to 24-year-olds surveyed sent naked photos or videos of themselves to others, 33 percent received texts or online messages with sexual words and 21 percent had received naked pictures or videos from others.

Parents, have you talked to your children about sexting? Do you think teens take the warnings seriously? Tell us in the comments.

Brian May 16, 2012 at 04:28 AM
This is a stupid reason to arrest a 17 year old, a minor. He should have been disciplined through the school.
Mike - Smyrna May 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Disciplined through the school? The school is an institution for educating children. It is not the responsibility of the Cobb County School District to teach children the basic difference between right and wrong. It is not the responsibility of the Cobb County School District to rear children. When parents begin taking responsibility - teachers can concentrate on teaching.
Rufus Wienerhammer May 16, 2012 at 12:55 PM
As a victim of overzealous sexting laws, I can sympathize with the student. I once had to perform 60 hours of community service after mistakenly sending some personal photographs to a Denny's waitress. With technology advancing so quickly it's almost impossible not to expect these mishaps to occur, and yet people are still being arrested for it.
Kamma May 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
17 does not make an adult, that's for sure. Why is it that it's 18 to vote and 21 to drink and yet we expect 17yr olds to act like responsible adults???
Carol May 16, 2012 at 01:55 PM
uhhh... I think sending a 17 year old to an Adult Detention Center for sending a lewd picture is almost cruel. Not to mention, if convicted he will likely go on the sex offender registry for his entire life. Yes, the kid messed up. Yes, he did something stupid. Does that make him an evil criminal? And since when does 17 years on this earth equal enough experience and maturity to have adult like judgement? If he has some issues, get him help, He has the rest of his life ahead of him and if given a chance, he might do something good with it.
J. B. Smith May 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Why is it they want to be treated like adults until they have to act like adults? Suddenly they're kids again!
Michelle May 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I am curious, did the incident take place on school property or during school hours? The article does not provide that specific information.
Sydney Busby (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Hi Michelle, We're uncertain where the incident took place. Messages left with CCSD and the Smyrna police haven't been returned. When we have more details we'll update the article. Thanks, Sydney
Kristen Sudduth May 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
From what I can understand (and my daughter attends the school), this is basically a good kid who made an incredibly stupid decision. I think we need to be sure we apply some common sense here and make sure the consequence fits the infraction. If this was a 35 year old sending this stuff to a 12 year old, I'd be the first person to say put him under the jail, but if we're talking two high school students, I don't think you need to toss the future of a minor for a stupid decision. I'd be careful to throw stones in this case until all of the information is in, this could have been any teenager out there with a cell phone and a lack of maturity.
Bruce May 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Who would believe that teenagers with harmones in full flow would be curious about sex? Nothing like this has ever happened before in the history of the world. Sure it hasn't.
Bruce May 16, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Just a thought. If the teenager sent scenes from a major motion picture showing children, women and men being killed, would that violence have triggered his arrest? How about actual news videos of real violence, mayhem and murder, like we can see 24 hours a day? Would that have resulted in an arrest? Sex is bad, violence is OK?
Inside-Out May 17, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Nearly every response on here is all about the offender of this incident and hardly a word has been mentioned about the victims. No one has the right to send obscene material to another. A person attains the level of being an adult at 17 years of age according to state law. Was this a simple prank or is this a case of an adult sending lewd photos to a juvenile. If a 17 year old sent lewd photos to my daughter they are much better off being in jail. People of no age in todays society should be sending lewd photos to a 14 or 15 year old girl. We have laws in place and it appears that this was handled properly. Stupid scholl prank or the act of a sexual predator ? Let's let the courts decide.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Really an issue for all the parents. If I were the parents of any of those kids, I'd invite the parents all over and have a large discussion about it to prevent it from happening again. No reason for cops to get involved. You can't assume that the girls were not involved in any way. Perhaps they've sent similar pictures to him in the past. They may all be friends and just thought it was funny. Going over and raising hell with the parents would probably do nothing more than starting an argument about who's kid is the cause.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
I would contact both the police and government officials to complain. It could be your kid next. My children are too young to worry about this right now but if I had high school or middle aged school kids, I'd be raising a stink about this since I wouldn't want it to happen to my kid if they made a stupid decision. I am fully capable of raising my own kid and dealing with the issue with the parents of the other children and would't need my kid sent off to Juvenile detention for something like this.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Most people have identified that the main victim is the boy who is being arrested as if he's an adult. He's a victim of overzealous prosecution of sexting, as many unfortunate children have been. This is absolutely not something for criminal courts. According to your logic, 15% of teenagers should be in prison. He's lucky there's a Rome and Juliet law, essentially making this a misdemeanor, or he'd have a felon record as a juvenile. However, he doesn't need to go through this at all. Parents could have handled it. This isn't something for the courts to decide. The boy is a minor. It's for the parents to do their job. They need to all meet and have a talk with their kids, and possibly all meet with the boy's parents and find out what's going on. If it was on school property, then the school should be disciplining as well (suspension, talking to the parents, warning all students against sexting, etc). The problem today is that so many people would rather let the criminal courts take over their responsibility of what really should be done by the people themselves, especially parenting. However, laws are imperfect, so you get cases like this where you end up with a 17 year old victim of the system. However, we can't control everything our legislative bodies and the repercussions until after there are already victims. What if it was your girl that sent the picture? Then would it be appropriate to throw her behind the iron bars and toss away the key?
Brian May 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM
Mike, why should the court and police be trying to do the parents' jobs either? If it was on school property, it was the responsibility of the school to address, probably by calling in the parents and then later discussing the rules again at a student assembly. Suspending the boy for a week or so. If it was off school property, then yes, it's completely the parents' responsibility. Having the government handle this criminally is an overreach by government, trying to encroach on raising children. It is expected schools, as essentially acting caregivers for the time students are in school, need to act as caregivers to some degree especially since school is required. Police and the courts are not caregivers. They should let the parents do their job.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM
If they were all adults, he wouldn't have been arrested. It's a double-standard that he's treated in essence like an adult when if he were recieving the text he'd be considered a child victim. According to statistics, 15% of teenagers would be thrown in prison if they caught every one of them. I'm sure everyone would be up in arms if they did this, since they'd know a kid that got locked up. So why are we ok with a few victims of the law? It's very simple: Either they are old enough to make the decision and cannot be arrested for a crime they are not old enough to consent to, or they are old enough and the receivers were not victims either. Otherwise, it's a double-standard.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM
That's how it works in a patriarchal society. You'd have to trace this back to Babylonian times and thereabouts when patriarchal societies took over most matriarchal societies, through war and domination of course. Patriarchal societies tend to be far more violent and control procreation. I'm not an advocate of either matriarchal or patriarchal societies. Both have their problems. Our society is definitely patriarchal in origin and you can see that in the norms and laws.
Mike - Smyrna May 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
It is in the hands of the Cobb County Judicial System. A system created by the people for the people. It may not be perfect. But, it is what we created. If you don't agree with it – Vote.
Inside-Out May 17, 2012 at 01:18 PM
To reiterate, this offender is an adult not a juvenile. If the parents have not taught him how to act in 17 years then I doubt that their is any hope for him at this point. If he went out and robbed someone then he would be tried as an adult. If he had broken into your home then he would be tried as an adult. Parent(s) should kinow the laws and have passed them down to their sons and daughters, not wait for the police to do it when it is too late. Being a juvenile is not an excuse for breaking the law.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
First of all, I do vote. Second of all, it's the legislative system that creates the laws, not the judicial system. The judicial system simply interprets or strikes down laws as they are tested. Third, it's our job to do more than vote and elect the politicians. We are expected to provide feedback. Otherwise, only the extremists do. I'm sure you don't want some fascists or religious fundamentalists being the only ones speaking up when they don't agree with something.
Brian May 17, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Your viewpoint seems callous. What about the fact that 15% of teenagers should be arrested according to the law? By the way, it's probably more because some teenagers were probably afraid to answer truthfully. If your son or daughter, let's say 15 years old, sent his or her pictures to a schoolmate, would you be happy to see him or her arrested and think it was appropriate? This is also a waste of taxpayer money if the law was successfully enforced and 15% (or more) of teenagers were arrested. > If the parents have not taught him how to act in 17 years then I doubt that their is any hope for him at this point. Ridiculous. Now not only are you saying he should be taught a lesson, but you are branding him as a criminal for the rest of his life because he did something that was poor judgement but happens all the time. You think he should be criminalized and become a hardened criminal.
Sydney Busby (Editor) May 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Smyrna-Vinings Patch obtained the police report for the incident from Cobb County Juvenile Court. According to the report, the juvenile victim knew the suspect who sent the photos. A friend of the victim saw the photos and reported the incident to Campbell High School's campus police.
Jasmin-Alice Scott May 17, 2012 at 07:19 PM
This is an issue that should have been handled through all parents involved. Teenagers make incredibly stupid decisions, they think they know everything. What's a detention center going to do? More waste of our government tax dollars on what would be more effectively be handled at home.
Bruce May 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I went to a convience store a couple of days ago. I entered the store, turned right, walked down an aisle about 8 feet and to my right were all sorts of magazines. I stood there for a minute and could see magazines that were of big boobs, big rears, small boobs, small rears, young girls, older women, black, white, oriental, Latino, black and white together, black and black, oriental and white, Latino and white, men and women, women and women, men and men, submissive women, dominant women, etc. Take your pick. I did not move the magazines at all or pick up one. You could see all this simply by standing there for a few moments and looking. Of course there is also the internet and movies and TV
Brian May 18, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Good article.
J. B. Smith May 18, 2012 at 03:51 PM
good point, Mike.
Da May 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Bruce May 19, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I agree with "Call it like I see it" in the above comment. I think we are addressing not only poorly written laws but too much govt. control by nanny govt. About this case specifically: If this teenager did this again to the girls, that would be a different matter. If the girls are upset about this one incident, he should be given a warning and maybe some SENSITIVITY TRAINING (which is what govt. employees get when they grossly violate most laws) and let that be the end of it.


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