Remember a couple of weeks ago, I blogged on "The Cuddle Puddle of Stuyvesant High"? That's the high school in New York where all manner of sexual experimentation and mutual objectification by the teens is considered an everyday "whatever".
A number of commentors, here and elsewhere, were inclined to dismiss this situation as anomalous, something confined to places like Stuyvesant that are the province of well-educated, wealthy, upper-middle class "elites". Some remarked on how such goings-on would be inconceivable in their locale.
Well, the little town of Wayland, Michigan, which is just down the road from me, is hardly New York. And its high school is hardly "elite."
But there, a high school student has been arrested on child pornography charges after posting pictures on the internet of his classmates having sex:
Police say the suspect took pictures of two underage teenagers having sex during a New Year's Eve party at his home.
The suspect then posted the pictures on his blog on the Web site Xanga.com. Police say someone pulled those photos off the blog and passed them around to other students during a lunch hour at school.
The publication and distribution of the photos led one of the girls in the photos to try to commit suicide.
But hey, they were just kids having fun! And we all know that kids are just going to have sex anyway.
The boy who posted and distributed the pictures faces three felony charges for manufacturing, distributing, and using a computer for child pornography. He could receive as much as 20 years in prison.
I'm sure I won't have to wait long for the boy's parents, attorneys, and others to start crying that the charges against him are "extreme", that he didn't intend to hurt anyone, and that his life shouldn't be "ruined" because of what he did.
Bull, I say. Perhaps 20 years is too severe a sentence. But surely he knew that posting pictures of those kids was wrong. And surely he knew that taking those pictures was wrong. And he should have known that allowing those kids to have sex in his house was wrong. And he should have known that those kids having sex in the first place was wrong. And if he didn't know those things, whose fault is that?
The lesson here: If kids can behave this way in New York, they can behave that way in Wayland, Michigan. And they can behave this way anywhere.
Where are your kids? What is going on in their school? You may very well be appalled, frightened, and sickened to learn. But you had better know, and act accordingly.