Earlier this year, the Hays County Sheriff’s office started investigating a child pornography case which eventually led to the arrest of a recent Dripping Springs High School graduate who now stands accused of 18 counts of child pornography.

While to many this is shocking, the new uprise of technology and social media platforms has created new opportunities for these kind of incidents.

Young teenagers seem to forget that it is indeed illegal to have naked pictures of other underage people on their phones. Not only is it degrading and classless, but the consequences can be pretty severe. Teens can and have been arrested. There have been numerous incidents of young girls’ and boys’ lives being ruined because someone with a regrettable agenda had access to nude pictures.

In this day and age, it’s not rare to see students or young adults posting scandalous and/or controversial content on their social media. For many kids, posting pictures of themselves partying on the weekends is only normal, even expected. But when was the last time you genuinely considered what you were posting or sending? I believe in the freedom to post whatever you please, so long as you fully understand all possible consequences.

Respect each other. Respect yourself. Don’t send nude pictures merely to impress someone else.

If someone you like will only be interested in you if you send them illegal content, then they’re gross and you deserve better. If you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it, be smart. Don’t post it and don’t send it.

Rylee Matousek

Rylee Matousek

Online Editor