Somebody call Kevin Bacon, we may need to do a modern-day version of Footloose. Only this time instead of one small town outlawing rock music and dancing, the entire state of California is getting involved in teens' sex lives. The state's Senate passed a law this week that says students can be expelled for sexting.
Besides the ridiculous nature of trying to quash teens' interest in and exploration of sex, the first problem here is: What exactly is sexting? The state has defined it as "the sending or receiving of sexually explicit pictures or video images by means of an electronic act." So what's sexually explicit? Underwear? Cleavage? Full nudity? A tongue? Sexy dancing?
So much room for interpretation, so much potential for problems. Then there's the issue of when this ambiguously defined sexting can get you expelled. It's not just doing it in the classroom or on school grounds that can get you booted.
The law states texts sent in the following situations would be covered: 1. While on school grounds. 2. While going to or coming from school. 3. During the lunch period whether on or off the campus. 4. During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.