This is a truly sad story, but not a good reason to create new, unnecessary law.
The Logan family’s only child — an 18 year old daughter Jessica — sent a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend’s cell phone. Jessica’s boyfriend sent the photo to other people. When the photo got out, some of Jessica’s classmates treated her poorly, calling her whore, slut, etc. Jessica could not cope with the abuse and hanged herself.
In yet another example of the infantilization of America, the Logans want a law passed. Again, in true American fashion, there is no mention of what they think the law should be. Finally, in modern American fashion, a New York lawyer is scavenging the bones of this whole sorry state of affairs. It’s like watching Greta Van Susteren ride to fame on Natalee Holloway’s as yet undiscovered corpse all over again.
What well-intentioned yet stupid laws do the Logans (and their New York lawyer) believe should result from this tragedy? Adults aren’t free to take and send nude photos of themselves? High school kids (and adults) can’t be insensitive assholes? School officials are liable for all acts of their students both off and on school grounds, no matter the lack of control?
Let’s call a spade a spade. Jessica was a legal adult. She made two horrible, stupid decisions. First, she electronically sent a nude photo of herself. Second, she killed herself. Jessica did both of these things on her own, without coercion. You can’t pass laws to prevent stupidity, or the consequences, seen and/or unforeseen, that flow therefrom.
And no law can fill the void in the Logans’ lives left by Jessica’s senseless death.