Thursday, 3 September 2015

Poor sod

The police have just been called into a British school to prosecute a 14 year-old boy for putting an explicit photo of a naked child on the internet. The thing is that the child was himself, and it was his girl friend who he sent the picture to who put it on the net, where it will remain until every last copy of it has been found and removed.

It was the school who brought the police in, apparently, and the police were duty-bound to do something about it, so they did as little as possible when they gave him a warning about the consequences of his thoughtless actions together with a criminal record which will stay with him for 10 years.

Whenever he applies for a job in the future, he will be legally bound to disclose this conviction for a sexual offence involving a minor, so the school's decision to call in the police will have a profound effect on his future career. Let's hope his future employers are more understanding than his head teacher.

In my day, if, in the highly unlikely event that I wanted to show a girl a photo of myself without any clothes on, I would have to have taken a roll of film to Boots to be processed, and if the processor was a forgiving sort of person, they would have just destroyed the film and never mentioned it again. Then along came smart-phones with cameras, linked in to organisations like Facebook, which is not exactly known for its discretion.

I am so gad I was brought up in the innocent 1950s, when the closest thing to porn I could lay my hands on was a rain-sodden copy of Health and Efficiency magazine left lying in a hedgerow.

14 comments:

  1. I no longer comprehend all this PC stuff that goes on in the UK, it's all a diabolical mystery to me.
    Am so glad that I migrated when I did.

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    1. I note that You are On Top Form Tonight - been on the loon juice have you :)

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    2. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah..........

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  2. He was obviously a silly boy, but for heaven's sake!

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    1. Needs a good spanking, or am I going dyslexic?

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  3. Yes Tom everything has gone over the top these days.

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  4. Just one of hundreds per day. It needs de-criminalizing.

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  5. Sometimes I think the world has gone mad.

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  6. Children are warned over and over not to do this and for reasons other than the criminal. Yes, it should be decriminalized for stupid children who don't have the corner film processor to warn them. I think of those naked photos following them around, the elephant in the room for job interviews, background job checks, dating sites. Poor sod, in more ways than wone.

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    1. They see porn as watched by their parents - also normalised - and they must think, where's the harm in this, compared to what dad does?

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