pondering the looming moral panics bubbling in the news

It’s called “Entrepreneurship“.

At least 100 students at a high school in Cañon City traded naked pictures of themselves, the authorities said Friday, part of a large sexting ring.
The revelation has left parents outraged, administrators searching for missed clues, and the police and the district attorney’s office debating whether to file child pornography charges — including felony charges — against some of the participants.

The phrase that pays is “missed clues”.

I’m tempted to say the chief perpetuators would be gleaning from the case study of “Girls Gone Wild” (“Girls with Low Self Esteem” as parodied on “Arrested Development”), but the gender break-down is… apparently even.

Mr. Welsh said a significant percentage of the student body at Cañon City High School had participated, with boys and girls involved in seemingly equal numbers.

Might be the new age of pan-sexual chic?

Students at the school described a competitive point system that classmates used to accrue photographs. Different point values were assigned to different students. Students who collected naked photographs gained points by adding these desirable children to their collections. Isaac Stringer, a junior interviewed outside the high school who said he did not participate in the photo-sharing, called the boy with the largest collection “the pimp of pictures.”

Okay.  Probably not.  I can only guess at the “point system”.

A South Park episode is flashing through my head.  Butters.  Kissing Pimp.  Actually, come to think of it, this whole story is that South Park episode, isn’t it?

The repercussions are likely to resonate loudly over the days and weeks ahead in this small town, a tightly knit community ringed by correctional centers, where many people are employed, as well as tourist attractions such as Royal Gorge Bridge and Park, which claims to have “America’s highest suspension bridge.”

The main repercussion is this

Because a large number of our high school football players were implicated in this behavior the coaching staff and administration, after careful thought and consideration, decided that stepping on the field to play this weekend to represent the Cañon City community is just not an option. We realize this decision will unfairly penalize many of our fine, young men who clearly did not participate in these actions. However, we concluded it was impossible to safely field an entire team representative of the personal qualities and characteristics that truly represent the history of the Cañon City High School football program.

So, the opponents gain in the stands at this teams’ expense.  Well, it’s a self-esteem booster for them, maybe?

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