It has to be incredibly difficult as a parent to discover your middle school-aged child sexting members of the opposite sex. When the heck did they stop playing tea party and start posing for naked selfies?
One Virginia couple was so horrified by what they found on their 13-year-old daughter's electronic devices that they called the cops on her for sexting. Well ... I suppose that's one way to deal with it.
The mom-of-two found multiple naked photos of her daughter after she was caught using her cellphone and tablet at 4 A.M. when her sibling heard giggling coming from her room. Her electronics were confiscated, examined, and found to contain several nudies of their daughter, along with a few received from boys she had sent hers to -- and at least one allegedly from a 17- or 18-year-old boy who said he wanted to have sex with her.
"Looking through the phone and the tablet we did find, sexual pictures, conversations, that were very inappropriate for her age," her mom said. "What scares me is ... this much bigger than we realize. How many others are doing this and you don't realize it." The saddest thing is that apparently the girl found some popularity by sending naked pics of herself to boys. "Everybody wanted to be her friend, because according to these people, she was cool now," confessed her mom.
These parents wanted to nip their daughter's naughty behavior in the bud, so they called the police on her. Unfortunately, she may now face criminal charges, but they believe they made the right decision. "We did this now to protect her. For now and in the future, because this could get worse, she could be taken," she said.
One Virginia attorney, Lisa Caruso, thinks there are better options for the teenager than going through the court system, but depending on the ages of the other teens involved, felony charges may be involved.
Again, it's got to be hard to find out that your young teen has been sexting, but it does seem like a bit much to go to the police over it -- especially when there was no evidence that any physical sexual acts took place.
Do you think the parents went overboard calling the cops on their daughter for sexting?
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