'Sexting' crackdown in Florida's Manatee County schools

BRADENTON — Using her cellular telephone, a teenage girl shoots a racy photo of herself to her boyfriend. But when they break up, he posts it on the Internet without her permission.

The practice is called "sexting," and local school officials want to warn students of its consequences, which can include serious time behind bars.

"It seems to be a growing problem nationwide — you hear about it, you read about it increasingly," said Manatee County School Board Member Bob Gause.

So as the upcoming school year approaches, the school board wants students to know: If they are caught with explicit photos on their cell phones, they now face possible expulsion for the practice and will be reported to the police.

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